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Alaotran gentle lemur

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Class: Mammal
Order: Primate
Family: True Lemurs
Found: Madagascar
Size: 38- 40 cm
Weight: 1.4-1.6 kg
Diet: Herbivore (Plant Eater)
Gestation: 140 days
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Conservation Status: CR

Alaotran Gentle Lemur

Hapalemur griseus alaotrensis

 Habitat: This is the only primate adapted to live in reed and papyrus beds, and is thought to swim.
Information: Lemurs are only found on the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa and this particular lemur can only be found around Madagascar’s largest lake – Lake Aloatra in the North east, and is the only lemur to live there.  The 3 varieties of Bamboo lemurs are all critically endangered in Madagascar found in very small mostly unprotected areas.   Today the Alaotran gentle lemur inhabits one of the most restricted ranges of any lemur species, and is found mainly in the southwest corner of the lake, although a tiny, isolated population also persists on the northern shore. In general they are vertical clingers and leapers preferring to stay upright when travelling (jumping) from tree to tree. They will also walk along stalks till they bend and take them to the next as this one. On the ground they move quadruped ally— on all fours.
Threats: The Alaotran gentle lemur is extremely threatened due to its highly restricted range and specialised habitat. The area around Lac Alaotra is the largest area in Madagascar developed for rice cultivation and vast areas of the reed bed habitat have been burned and drained to make way for paddy fields. In addition, reeds are themselves harvested for products such as mats, fish traps, screens and fencing. The species is also under pressure from hunting both for food and for the pet trade; deliberate fires are sometimes lit to force fleeing lemurs into the path of hunters.
Social Behaviour: They live in groups of 3-5 individuals and unlike the ring tails this group normally only contains 1 adult male.
Food: Bamboo lemurs are named for the large amounts of bamboo in their diets and in the wild can spend half of their day foraging and feeding on it. All their teeth have serrated edges to enable them to cut the grasses and bamboo.
Breeding: After a gestation period of approximately 140 days the females give birth to single young (January—February) which rather than carry around as ring tails do or leave in a nest as ruffed mums do they do something different—they may leave their young on a small branch whilst they go off in search of food returning to groom and nurse.
Projects: ANTONGIL
Map: Red = Locations Found 788