Lemurs are named after the ancient Roman ‘Lemures’, the spirits of the dead. Their haunting sounds and staring eyes led early observers to see them as the spirits of the forest. The Ring-tailed Lemur is one of 22 species of lemur found on the African Island of Madagascar. The species is characterised by its bushy black and white-banded tail and also differs from other lemurs by spending more time on the ground compared to the other species which live almost exclusively in the trees.
The Asian Small-clawed Otter is the smallest of the 13 Otter species, less than a meter long, nose to tail tip and weighing up to 5kg. They are well adapted to aquatic life with a long, streamlined body, short limbs, webbed feet, waterproof fur and tapering tail.