On the eve of another birthday, I want to restart my Instagram with a purpose: share what I see around me and to inspire anyone to go out and explore the world.
To start off, this year I had the privilege to travel to the majestic island of Madagascar in Africa. I visited this lemur river island and mingled with some of the curious residents. The story goes that the lemurs here are individuals rescued from captive wildlife trades. Sadly, because they have been in the presence of humans so much, they are fully domesticated and could not be reintroduced back to their natural habitats.
The area is a quiet and protected environment. At times however, the guides would lure these lemurs with bananas and make them as photo props for the paying visitors (as seen). It is great fun and exciting to get this photo opportunity, but I'm still unsure we should encourage these beautiful mammals with such unnatural interactions with us... (I'll share my experience on observing them from distance at a national park later.) This is a full grown adult black-and-white ruffed lemur. It's an endangered species of ruffed lemur. His hands are soft, cool, and rubbery. He's also surprisingly not that heavy at all.
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