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Red-tailed Sportive Lemur, Kirindy Forest, Madagascar

The Red-tailed Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus), or Red-tailed Weasel Lemur, is native to the dry forest of the Menabe region in Western Madagascar.


At night, these lemurs travel short distances from their daytime resting holes to forage sedately in the forest canopy. The resting metabolic rates of sportive lemurs are among the lowest of any mammal recorded so far. This may be an adaptation to their low-energy, hard-to-digest leaf diet.


Kirindy Forest is a privately managed conservation area, ca. 40 km north-east of the town of Morondava. Not part of the official National Park System of Madagascar, this 120 sqkm area was earlier operated as an experimental sustainable timber harvesting scheme. Fortunately, this has not left indelible scars and the site is now considered as one of finest remaining examples of endemic western dry deciduous forest.


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Taken on January 18, 2010