Golden Bamboo Lemur - feeding, Ranomafana, Madagascar
This is the flagship species of Ranomafana as the national park is founded because of it. It was first discovered in 1986, after which in 1991 Ranomafana National Park was established.
It is sorely needed, as the species is critically endangered. It only occurs in small patches of rainforest in the east to south east of Madagascar. It was last assessed in 2012 with a population estimate of a 1,000 individuals only. It is possibly lower now, given trends in Madagascar.
Like all Bamboo lemurs (there are 5 in the family), this lemur feeds mostly on young Bamboo. Despite their rarity, they are not rare to see in Ranomafana. They typically hang out in the secondary forest on the outer ring of the park (because the bamboo is there).
The golden bamboo lemur is a medium-sized bamboo lemur endemic to southeastern Madagascar. It is listed as an endangered species due to habitat loss. The population is declining, with only about 1000 individuals remaining. As its name indicates, this lemur feeds almost exclusively on grasses, especially the giant bamboo or ''volohosy'' . The growing shoots of this bamboo contain 0.015% of cyanide. Each adult lemur eats about 500 g of bamboo per day, which contain about 12 times the lethal dose of.. more