Lemurs swarm tourists in forest by climbing onto their shoulders in hilarious snaps

By Mikey Jones


A swarm of over-friendly lemurs have been caught climbing onto the shoulders of tourists.

PIC BY Bobby-Jo Vial / CATERS NEWS

Bobby-Jo Vial, 35, was leading a safari in Madagascar, Africa, when she spotted the group of lemurs.

The photographer, from Dubbo, Australia, took the sequence of images last month.

PIC BY Bobby-Jo Vial / CATERS NEWS 

Her adorable images show several lemurs standing on the shoulders of tourists as they investigate their surroundings.

Bobby-Jo, who is the owner of Duma Safaris, said: “It was the first group of lemurs that we encountered.

PIC BY Bobby-Jo Vial / CATERS NEWS 

“These lemurs are habituated to humans and are extremely curious and very tactile.

“They were actually very hard to photograph as they were climbing all over us and also sitting on top of our cameras.

PIC BY Bobby-Jo Vial / CATERS NEWS

“The guests absolutely loved the close encounter with the lemurs and through that close experience it has inspired them to learn more about Madagascar’s threatened species and support conservation in the area.

“Two of our guests take care of lemurs in Australian zoos so they were blown away to be able to view and photograph lemurs in their natural habitat.

PIC BY Bobby-Jo Vial / CATERS NEWS

“I hope the images inspire people to visit Madagascar and support tourism as the country has lost most of its forests.

“There is only 17 percent of forest left due to deforestation through the farming of rice and the collection of charcoal.”