Ankarana sportive lemur

Once thought to be the same species as Sahafary sportive lemurs until molecular and cytogenetic analyses showed their genetic differences in the early 2000s

Leonora (Ellie) Enking

This particular lemur, smaller in stature than some of its relatives, boasts a unique and somewhat mouse-like appearance that captivates the interest of those fortunate enough to observe it. With its narrow face, bulging orange eyes that shimmer in the moonlight, and large, round ears adept at picking up the faintest of sounds, the Ankarana sportive lemur is a true marvel of evolution.

The coat of the Ankarana sportive lemur is a beautiful amalgamation of colors, featuring a light grey-brown pelage that seamlessly blends into the nocturnal environment of Madagascar’s forests. The grey underside is an excellent camouflage against predators, while the light brown, bushy tail aids in balance and communication among individuals. Additionally, their long fingers equipped with wide finger pads are perfectly adapted for an arboreal lifestyle, enabling these lemurs to grip branches securely as they navigate through the treetops.

Arboreal and nocturnal by nature, Ankarana sportive lemurs lead a life largely shrouded in darkness. By day, they seek refuge in tree holes or within the intricate tangles of vines, sleeping and resting away from the prying eyes of predators. This behavior not only protects them from potential harm but also conserves energy for their nightly activities. As night falls, these lemurs come alive, demonstrating remarkable agility as they leap between trees with astonishing ease.

The diet of the Ankarana sportive lemur varies seasonally, reflecting the availability of resources in their habitat. During the rainy season, when the forest is lush and fruits are abundant, these lemurs indulge in a diet rich in fruits, taking advantage of the bounty that surrounds them. However, as the dry season takes hold and the landscape becomes more arid, they shift their dietary focus primarily to leaves.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Madagascar
EN
2018

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No