When Henry met lemurs

Upon his recent visit to Durrell Wildlife Park Henry met keeper Leila Boyd, along with our critically endangered lemurs Tioni, Gutless, Stumpy, Derek, Tigger, Reg and Sam. The moment was captured in the video below.

The ring-tailed lemur

By Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Ring-tailed lemur in front of Henry at Durrell

This very distinctive lemur, with its striking banded tail, is probably the best known species of Madagascan primate, because it has been kept in captivity and studied in the wild for the longest. Ring-tailed lemurs are threatened with extinction in their native Madagascar due to rapid loss of habitat.

Ring-tails were the first lemurs to be cared for at Durrell Wildlife Park – they arrived way back in 1964. Since then a great deal of expertise has been gained with this species and various others, and we continue to make an extremely valuable contribution to lemur knowledge and captive management.

Durrell has many well-established links with Madagascar, especially involving the conservation of lemurs. As well as captive breeding, vitally important habitat protection, research, education and training programmes are ongoing. A number of Malagasy students have graduated at Durrell Conservation Academy in Jersey, returning home with the skills required to carry out vital work to help save their native wildlife.

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  23 comments for “When Henry met lemurs

  1. Elaine Wolfson
    November 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    “Local boy does good”, and then does good at Durrell! How wonderful that Henry is supporting this beautiful place, and I am so glad that I was able to learn about it from being on of Henry’s fan.

  2. November 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Fantastic video thank you so much for sharing, those lemurs are absolutely adorable I can’t wait to see them when I come in Jersey hopefully this coming summer. Henry’s doing such a wonderful job being the ambassador for Durrell. I am so proud of him can’t wait to see what you share next :)

    Best Regards,
    Rawan, Kuwait

  3. November 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    The black & white and ring-tailed lemurs have always been a favourite of mine. The Man of Steel clearly has good taste! Henry is doing some amazing work supporting Durrell

  4. November 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for this new update, love the ring tailed lemurs and we adopted stumpy for our group @Caasisters along with the Gorillas and Kate the meerkat. Nice to see the alpha female is also a fan of Henrys lol he just has that charm doesn’t he

  5. Céline
    November 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for the sharing ! Beautiful video ; I love ring-tailed lemurs too !! So cute ! Encore une fois, MERCI à l’équipe Durrell pour l’incroyable travail réalisé auprès de tous ces animaux qui en ont tant besoin et MERCI à Henry de soutenir une telle entreprise.

    Best wishes for all, always,


  6. Mihaela Radu
    November 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Those lemurs are adorable! Thanks for sharing with us this video. The entire team doing a great job. Keep it that way and the people will learn to protect the endangered animals following Henry’s example.

  7. November 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Love the lemurs! Can’t wait to visit Durrell Wildlife Park some day, & I will somehow. Fantastic Super Ambassador you got there & I’m glad to have joined Henry’s Family & do what I can to help Durrell. Way to go with the new video!

  8. November 22, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Beautiful animals!! Thank you for sharing. Lemurs have always been close to my heart …Superman too for that matter 😉 Thank you Durrell and Thank you Henry. – Author Eryn LaPlant

  9. Angela
    November 22, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Thank you so much, Henry, Leila and Durrell Wildlife for sharing the beautiful photos and video clip with the lemurs. Tioni, Gutless, Stumpy, Derek, Tigger, Reg and Sam are so cute. I mentioned before that animals pick up on people’s spirits and energy and one of the reasons the animals at Durrell are attracted to Henry and feel comfortable around him is because he is such a good, kind hearted man with a nice spirit and they sense that. The same can be said for the people at Durrell for helping the animals there and being so friendly with the visitors who appreciate them. :) <3

  10. Stacey
    November 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Awww… Such a great video!! Doesn’t surprise me the female wanted to hang with Henry .. He has that affect on all the ladies! Smart Girl and good taste!

    November 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Good after-noon every body, quelque soit l’animal, lorque l’on a de l’Amour pour EUX, l’approche est un pur bonheur, et cet échange est réciproque. Les animaux connaissent “leur Monde”. Bonne continuation

  12. VERCHERY; Yvonne
    November 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Bonjour, Hi ! Hi ! Hi ! la traduction en français n’est pas exacte : Bonjour tout le Monde et non “bon après-midi tous les corps”. Je vais devoir écrire en anglais, serais-ce mieux ???!!!Trêve d’humour. Bon Week- End à toute l’Equipe.

  13. T
    November 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This video still makes me smile, but it breaks my heart now to think that we might not be seeing anything more like this in the future. Henry, I don’t know if you still actually check in on this anymore but if you do I have to tell you that I can’t help but feel a bit saddened and disappointed at some things that have happened recently which I won’t bring up here but I’m sure you probably have a good idea what anyway. Henry you’ve always seemed like a very genuine, kind and intelligent person and you still are, but I get the feeling that lately I think a lot of the pressures and stresses that you’ve been under this past year may have affected you and also a bit of your judgement. It’s completely understandable , I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to have had the kind of year that you’ve had with going from one big film to the next and I’m assuming a bit of a heartbreak on top it to boot. Though I must implore you to please once you’ve finished filming take the time to look around and really examine your life and the people in it, then please also take a break, relax and get yourself back together because I really would hate to see you become another great actor and human being ruined by the pressures of fame and all the unfortunate things that can come with it. I’d also hate to see your partnership and what you do with Durrell come to an end, because I think the work you all do together and can do together is wonderful and important. I really do I hope I’m wrong, but if not please take some advice from someone who’s admired you ever since they saw you in a little movie called Whatever Works.

    P.S. Durrell , as a lover of all animals I really do mean it when I say I admire the great work you guys do. Keep it up! Hopefully you will too Henry.

    • Mairim
      December 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      You just said what lots of people we’re thinking… It’s weird that we feel sad about this and not angry or something similar. Me, as someone who follows his work, I really want to see him happy, successful and supporting Durrell [if he really wants].

  14. Chris
    November 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Respect is everything. It doesn´t matter how things go on, it doesn´t matter how true or false things are. Or how famous or plain a person is. Respect is everything. It doesn´t matter if we all around you are right or wrong. It only matters people are respecful each other. And everybody certainly knows how it feels.

    We are only a few possible fanatic people spending time here, but all I read here is quite respecful. So, it ´s not a thing that I feel sad, it is a thing that every body deserves respect. I need mine, and thats why I am writting here, respecting my own opininon and acts myself.

    Thanks everyone for allowing me to express myself, because I have my own voice. Plus I always try hard my deep respects sound high and loud.

    Still marvellous – November.

  15. Arlene
    December 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I agree with Chris about Respect, and what about the benefit of the doubt. I think many people are rushing judgments and making assumptions based a minimal amount of photographic evidence. I believe his actions thus far have proven that he is caring and genuine human being. It is very sad to see his name maligned, again without just cause. This blip in the radar should now eclipse the generosity and kindness he has shown many throughout his career? I for one think not and this is an unjust and unwarranted witch-hunt on a wonderful man.

  16. December 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Dear Henry,great video,Thank you for sharing, I’m so happy for what you are doing, you are a true superman with a good heart,God bless you,Good luck in your life,We love you still with you !

  17. Lily
    December 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I am a huge supporter of your foundations, and I believe they have goodness behind them. I would hate for recent events to take anything away from the animals or the Royal Navy. We do not know the whole story and I respect that. All I ask and hope is that the goodness continues as it began. Please don’t loose sight of these amazing projects. We are all hoping for the best for you as well as from you. Take care and be well.

    • Lily
      December 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      My apologies, Royal Marines.

  18. December 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    He is the most wonderful man a lot of love for Henry, he deserves it ! Henry did a great job in Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust ,http://cavillconservation.com/ .I am truly proud and honored to be a fan of Henry Cavill Superman Henry is great man with good heart ,that’s why I love him so much, has a lot of love ,Henry is a gorgeous Angel,God bless you, still with you, my dear friend, I love you so much !

  19. virginia smith
    March 13, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Henry, keep up the good work. Get everyone you can involve. Would love to send you millions if we had it. Too many doctor or hospital bills. If I win the Loto, will send you some. You are doing a good thing and God will see this kindness, so keep doing this good work.
    Thank you.
    Be safe
    God Bless
    Virginia Smith

  20. Laura-Lee
    April 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Funny question from a Canadian gal who is completely unfamiliar with the climate in Jersey and Channel Islands…is the climate there temperate enough for the lemur to stay there, even outside, all year? Realizing they are from Madagascar, I’m would guess they would require a climate which is fairly warm and temperate to survive (they wouldn’t like it in Canada….I’m hanging on by a thread, myself after the winter!).

    Maybe won’t get an answer, but just curious if anyone from the region knows… This site and excellent animal preserve has piqued my interest enough that I’m looking forward to visiting both Jersey and the Durrell Wildlife Park when I venture to the U.K. (as well as the beaches in Jersey!!!) Cheerio!

  21. dayla
    July 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Congratulations! You are a good man!kisses in your heart!

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