Where do bamboo lemurs live?

Where do bamboo lemurs live?

Habitat and Conservation The eastern lesser bamboo lemur is relatively abundant in the wild and found in primary and secondary rainforests on both coasts of Madagascar.

What is the niche of a bamboo lemur?

Ecological niche The role of Greater bamboo lemurs in the ecosystem of their habitat is insufficiently explored, although their diet allows them to serve as important seeds dispersers of some plants and primarily – bamboo.

What is the habitat of lemurs?

Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. Because of its geographic isolation, Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth.

How big does a lesser bamboo lemur get?

Lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus) The bamboo lemurs are characterized by a grey-brown fur, which varies by species. Their muzzles are short and their ears are round and hairy. Lengths vary from 26 to 46 cm, with tails just as long or longer, and they weigh up to 2.5 kg.

Where does the golden bamboo lemur live in Madagascar?

The Golden bamboo lemur occurs in southeast Madagascar, in Andringitra Nature Reserve and Ranomafana National Park, in the tropical, moist, rainforests of giant bamboo. Golden bamboo lemurs live in groups which often do not exceed four individuals.

What kind of fur does a golden bamboo lemur have?

These unique lemurs vary in coloration from brown to gray but always have the distinct golden fur around their face and inner abdomen, the golden fur is also sometimes located ion the lemurs ears but not always.

When did the bamboo lemur get its name?

More recently, the common name “bamboo lemur” (often used for both Hapalemur and Prolemur) first appeared in the mid- to late-1980s following the rediscovery of the greater bamboo lemur ( Prolemur simus ). However, the name became more generally used a year or two later following the discovery of the golden bamboo lemur ( Hapalemur aureus)…

How big do eastern lesser bamboo lemurs get?

Diet: at least 2/3rds bamboo, occasionally other leaves and fruit to supplement. Eastern lesser bamboo lemurs are the smallest of all the bamboo lemurs, weighing only 2 pounds (0.9 kg) and standing about 13 inches (33 cm) tall. This species has uniformly grey fur that is dense enough to keep them dry in the tropical rainforest they call home.

Where can you find the golden bamboo lemur?

The golden bamboo lemur was only discovered in 1985 in Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. Although it occurs in two protected areas (it is also found in Andringitra Nature Reserve in southeastern Madagascar), the range of this lemur is very small, and its habitat requirements are very strict.

Why is a bamboo lemur called a lemur?

They are called bamboo lemurs because they almost exclusively eat bamboo. How bamboo lemurs can detoxify the high amounts of cyanide (from bamboo shoots) in their diets is unknown. Gestation lasts 135 to 150 days and ends between September and January, when the female bears one to two young.

What kind of animal is the gray lemur?

Hapalemur griseus has no less than three widely used common names: the eastern lesser bamboo lemur, the gray gentle lemur, and the gray bamboo lemur. To avoid confusion, any discussion of bamboo lemurs, unless otherwise specified, refers to the variety of bamboo lemur housed at the Lemur Center: the eastern lesser bamboo lemur, Hapalemur griseus.