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Red-tailed sportive lemur at night, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar This nocturnal lemur is common to see both at night and during the day in Kirindy. It is endemic to a small part of western Madagascar where it is listed as vulnerable and further decreasing due to habitat loss. It is largely a plant and fruit eater, and not a very active lemur.<br />
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The name &quot;sportive&quot; is used to refer to the general agility of a group of lemurs (family lepilemuridae), an alternative and perhaps more fitting name that is also used is &quot;weasel lemur&quot;:<br />
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There are currently 26 sportive lemurs known, most are very locally endemic. Here&#039;s an example of a species restricted to a single national park:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38548/portrait_of_an_ankarana_sportive_lemur_ankarana_madagascar.html" title="Portrait of an Ankarana Sportive Lemur, Ankarana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/38548_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=L%2FwkEhvpUiWLGMTh1JxGPveg9f0%3D" width="200" height="146" alt="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 />
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Red-tailed sportive lemur at night, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar

This nocturnal lemur is common to see both at night and during the day in Kirindy. It is endemic to a small part of western Madagascar where it is listed as vulnerable and further decreasing due to habitat loss. It is largely a plant and fruit eater, and not a very active lemur.

The name "sportive" is used to refer to the general agility of a group of lemurs (family lepilemuridae), an alternative and perhaps more fitting name that is also used is "weasel lemur":
https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/animalia/chordata/mammalia/primates/lepilemuridae

There are currently 26 sportive lemurs known, most are very locally endemic. Here's an example of a species restricted to a single national park:

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:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38551/eye_contact_with_ankarana_sportive_lemur_ankarana_madagascar.html Africa,Anakarana sportive lemur,Ankarana,Geotagged,Lepilemur ankaranensis,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Spring,World

    comments (6)

  1. It blows my mind that so many of these species have such tiny, endemic populations. Posted 4 months ago
    1. From what I understand from this article...
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_lemurs#Diversification

      ...it's a combination of Madagascar going through different climates as it moved away from India, increased selection pressure when the first predators arrived, and finally...people fragmenting their habitat.
      Posted 4 months ago
      1. Island habitats like this are so precious. There is so much to be learned from them. Posted 4 months ago
  2. Lemurs galore! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Only getting started :) Posted 4 months ago
  3. I love this feature! It makes my heart hurt to hear that they are becoming less and less numerous, however. Posted 4 months ago

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The red-tailed sportive lemur, or red-tailed weasel lemur, is native to Madagascar like all lemurs. It is a nocturnal species feeding largely on leaves, though they also eat some fruit. Individuals weigh around 800 grams, and there is little sexual dimorphism. In general they live in mated pairs, with a home range of about 10,000 square metres. Both members of the pair use the same home range, and there is little overlap between the home ranges of neighbouring pairs. Travel distances each night.. more

Similar species: Primates
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Uploaded Aug 11, 2019. Captured Jul 8, 2019 21:26 in Morondava, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO800
  • 400mm