Private Park, Vakona Forest Lodge, Moramanga, Madagascar
Lemurs in Madagascar really do like to “move it, move it.” Imagine someone playing ring-toss on your neck with a sand-filled airplane pillow, one that skitters across your shoulders, tightrope walks down your forearm, then, in a burst, dismounts you like a Romanian gymnast exploding off the balance beam.
Several varieties of Madagascar’s dozens of lemur species live on an islet just a half hour from the entrance to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, three hours from Antananarivo. A nature guide provides one of the playful primates’ favorite foods—yes, bananas—and before you can say Zoboomafoo, you’ll have new furry friends treating your body parts like a jungle gym.
The white and brown sifaka, skips, arms akimbo, like a kindergartener racing to recess. To feed, it steadies your palm with one of its hands, then, like an elderly aunt selecting petit fours at tea time, carefully plucks the food away.