Good morning, I like to do wildlife photography. On your tours are the lemur's that you see all in cages or behind fences or do you get to out with a guide out in the woods where they are allowed to roam?
The Lemurs are mostly in cages. Once in a while the staff does bring out some lemurs for close ups.
On our tour, all the lemurs were in cases enclosed by wire or plastic. As I recall, they are not let into the wild until it warms up. It is not a good place to take pictures when they are enclosed.
There is a "Walking with Lemurs" tour where you are in the free-range area (wooded) with the lemurs. You're inside the fence with them. The only rule is not to touch the lemurs, but they may come up and touch you.
Sometimes, they offer a special photography tour with their photographer, David Herring. That one is also inside the free-range area.
Here's the info:
"Guests are guided through one of our 9 naturally forested habitats just as the animals’ keepers set out to feed them in the morning, ensuring the appearance of leaping lemurs eager to eat their breakfasts. Though there will not be a barrier between you and the lemurs, the lemurs will not directly interact with any guests. We encourage natural behaviors from our lemurs, ensuring a safe and unique experience of what it would be like to wander the forests of Madagascar.
Please note that this is a seasonal tour offering based on warm weather forecasts, and can only be consistently offered from May 1 through October 15. If you’re interested in an off-season date for this tour, we’ll place you on a waitlist and notify you 24-48 hours before the tour if the weather forecast allows for a Walking with Lemurs tour type.
Because you’ll be walking in a forested area, closed-toed shoes are required and long pants are recommended."
Contact the center directly. The tour we took just showed us confined lemurs. I believe their premium tour is free of cages
All in cages unless you do the more expensive tour where they take you out into the enclosed forest area where some roam free. Hope this helps.
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