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Portrait of an Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar It&#039;s not often that you get a chance to do a clear portrait on a nocturnal animal like this during the day. This locally endemic lemur has a small distribution, our guide mentioning a population of ~300 adults. They are one of the smallest lemurs. Full body shot:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38551/eye_contact_with_ankarana_sportive_lemur_ankarana_madagascar.html" title="Eye contact with Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/38551_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=3Pwe0W%2BCuFCm0LPCCMeNCQEWG2o%3D" width="200" height="160" alt="Eye contact with Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar Found during the day. Although having a narrow distribution, there&#039;s a good chance of seeing them in Ankarana, although we definitely needed a guide to actually spot them. The Ankarana forest is dry and gives good visibility, the thing to look out for are the large gaps and holes in trees as seen on this photo, plus said gaps typically need to be within a specific range of height. <br />
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Once discovered, they are not that nervous if you keep a normal distance of about 15 feet. Closeup:<br />
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Portrait of an Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar

It's not often that you get a chance to do a clear portrait on a nocturnal animal like this during the day. This locally endemic lemur has a small distribution, our guide mentioning a population of ~300 adults. They are one of the smallest lemurs. Full body shot:

Eye contact with Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar Found during the day. Although having a narrow distribution, there's a good chance of seeing them in Ankarana, although we definitely needed a guide to actually spot them. The Ankarana forest is dry and gives good visibility, the thing to look out for are the large gaps and holes in trees as seen on this photo, plus said gaps typically need to be within a specific range of height. <br />
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Once discovered, they are not that nervous if you keep a normal distance of about 15 feet. Closeup:<br />
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    comments (12)

  1. Irresistible portrait shot. You made me look up 'sportive' too. :) Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you :) Posted 3 years ago
  2. Wow! Those eyes! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Nocturnal eyes :) Posted 3 years ago
  3. Beautiful animal, and a beautiful photo too! cheers* Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks you! Posted 3 years ago
  4. Love this one. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you :) Posted 3 years ago
  5. So adorable! I've been teaching my kids about the rainforest biome this week, and my 8-year old son particularly loves lemurs, so we've been looking in awe through your photos this afternoon! This is one of our favorites! Posted one year ago
    1. Nice, that makes my day :) Did you know there's over a 100 lemur species?

      I suppose Madagascar is a great way to wow an 8-year old (or anyone, really). Here's some of its bizarre species:

      https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/1860/giraffe-weevil.html

      Any Uroplatus gecko:
      https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/photos/animalia/chordata/reptilia/squamata/gekkonidae/uroplatus

      Madagascar Leaf-nosed Snake head closeup One of the many wildlife oddities in Madagascar, the Madagascar Leaf-nosed snake is a cryptic specie that is poorly documented. This one likely is a male due to its spear-like nose which is more bend in females. I've found very little useful information online about this fantastic specie, other than this research paper:<br />
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http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/kk/pdf/2005_Krysko-Langaha.pdf Langaha madagascariensis,Madagascar,Pyreras Reserve


      Any chameleon, specifically the tiny Brookesia ones:
      https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/animalia/chordata/reptilia/squamata/chamaeleonidae/brookesia

      The upside-down Baobab trees:
      https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/photos/plantae/angiosperms/eudicots/malvales/malvaceae/adansonia

      One of the coolest yet least know mammals:
      https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/1477/photos

      Speak Madagascar, and you touch a nerve :)

      Posted one year ago
      1. Whoa, awesome! Thanks so much for the additional links. I'll be showing these to my kids, and they will love them all! Easy for anyone to be wowed by Madagascar! Such a mindblowing place! Posted one year ago
        1. Glad you like them! Posted one year ago

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The Ankarana sportive lemur, or Ankarana weasel lemur, is a sportive lemur endemic to Madagascar. It is one of the smaller sportive lemurs with a total length of about 53 centimeters, including 25 centimeters of tail. Average body weight is approximately 750 grams. The Ankarana sportive lemur is found in northern Madagascar, living in dry lowland forests in Ankarana, Andrafiamena and Analamerana, and in moist montane forest of Montagne d'Ambre.

Similar species: Primates
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 4, 2016. Captured Oct 16, 2015 10:24 in 6, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/100s
  • ISO500
  • 400mm