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The Ako Books

In Malagasy and English for ages 4-10.  They are read-aloud books, with repeated lines that children can say, or else a series of lemur noises that children can copy.  The English language books are available on Amazon in the Lemur Conservation Foundation webstore. They are published in the USA by Lemur Conservation Foundation, and in the UK/Madagascar by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Ako the Aye-aye
Ako (his name means Echo) is a little aye-aye who really likes to play. His species is solitary so he plays with his food and his mother’s tail. He finds and loses a brown lemur playmate. Finally he is so busy hanging by his feet that he forgets to be scared of humans.  Visitors to the reserve see him playing and stop being scared of the ill-luck supposed to be brought by aye-ayes.
  Ako the Aye Aye
Bitika the MouselemurBitika
BitikaBitika is a baby lemur of the smallest species in Madagascar. (Bitika means Tiny.) She ventures out of the nest and meets all the larger lemur species of the baobab forest: the chorus is “Bitika felt small.” Then she saves her mother’s life from a white-browed owl. She ends up feeling like the biggest lemur in all Madagascar!

Tik-Tik the Ringtailed Lemur
Tik-TikTik-Tik is an adolescent male ringtailed lemur growing up in a species where females are totally dominant, and young males must emigrate to new troops. Tik-Tik means “Let’s go!” in ringtailed lemur sounds. He leaves his mother’s troop to travel alone through the cactus-like spiny forest.  He fights his rival, Longtooth, and wins the beautiful Feather-Fur. Ringtail social calls appear in context so children can click, meow, purr, howl, squeak, shout war-cries, give alarm calls, and sing the male sunset song.




Bounce the White Sifaka 
BounceBounceBounce is a young sifaka lemur who lives among karst pinnacles, Madagascar’s “stone forest”  He falls down a crevasse where his family cannot reach him. He is frightened by bats, a snake, carnivorous cockroaches, and lastly a fossa, the largest predator of Madagascar.  He finally leaps to safety on his mother’s back.Bounce
Furry and Fuzzy the Red Ruffed Lemur Twins

Furry adn FuzzyFurry and Fuzzy live on the Masoala Peninsula where the rainforest goes down to the sea, and the trees are so tall that even their mother has never been to the ground.  The branch where she parks them breaks in a cyclone.  They fall by a forester’s hut. The forester’s wife wants to cook the baby lemurs, the twin children want them as pets, but the forester says “Suppose you were lost and the lemurs wanted to make pets of you!”

Furry and Fuzzy










No-Song the Indri

No Song the Indri




No-Song, a two-year old indri, lives in highland rainforest. Her family sings beautifully but she is too young to sing.  Everything in the forest makes noises: trees, bees, birds, frogs, even a mosquito, but No-Song cannot sing.  She finally understands what the indri songs mean during a territorial battle, and at last finds her own voice.

No Song the Indri



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