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The Perils of Prosimian photography“Hello, could I have your attention please? Okay, everyone look this way! Hello can you hear me?” The other day, the DLC photographer saw a perfect opportunity to document the E wing ring-tailed lemur group (Dorieus, Justine, Hibernia, and Onyx), as all four were sitting together huddled on a shelf. The only problem was that the animals would not cooperate, as evidenced by photo #1 where each and every lemur is looking in a completely different direction! There is a good reason for this, generally lemurs will not directly look another lemur (or human) in the eye, but will avert their gaze in a different direction. In fact, staring directly into a lemur’s eyes might be regarded by the lemur on the receiving end to be a type of aggression. This obviously presents problems for the photographer striving to get a group shot—just try to get a group of four lemurs (or three! or two!) to look towards your camera at the same time. The solution? Certainly not food, as this would cause all to immediately abandon their adorable group cluster and head for the snack, and not sudden movement, as this might also cause the group to fragment. Instead a subtle hand waving or non- threatening gentle sound sometimes does the trick. In this case a slight hand wave while standing on one foot and simultaneously making a gentle clucking sound by the not easily embarrassed photographer resulted in the (almost!) success of photo #2!