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kittykat23uk

There doesn't seem to be a thread for lemurs so let's start one..

 

Baby Julien

 

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Lemur fact of the day. I didn't go there, but My guide told me that in Berenty, where you can see ring-tails and the "dancing" sifakas, they introduced red-fronted brown lemurs, which are not naturally found there. These lemurs are less picky than the sifakas and so eat the natural fruit before it ripens enough for the sifakas to feed on it. So now the park has to supplement the diet of the sifakas!

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Dancing Verreaux Sifakas - Toddler-sized lemurs that jump from tree to tree, but skip when trees are not available...amazing animals. Dave had alot of fun putting this sequence of 16 pics together...

 

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Cool lemur fact. It seemed like there were many more sifakas than Red-fronted Brown Lemurs at Berenty in 2005. Sounds like the numbers might have shifted since then.

 

Red-fronted Brown Lemur youngster:

 

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A very long trek up a steep forested slope and we were finally rewarded with this sighting of Milne Edward's Sifaka and baby:

 

 

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This one is Hubbard's Sportive Lemur, a nocturnal species that lives in Zombitse National Park. Here he is resting just outside his sleep hole.

 

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Love your lemur pics...and so many teeny tiny baby ones!. You traveled at the perfect time! More, please...

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Thank you! I timed it to coincide with the breeding season.

 

As I mentioned, I didn't go to Berenty, but I still saw Verreaux's Sifakas, in two reserves. The best sighting was at Zombitse as well. But they were more chillaxed than your sporty subjects...

 

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Today's post is of a Furry-eared Dwarf Lemur. Taken on a night walk, this little guy was some distance away. I bought a powerful external flash, the Olympus FL50R. It came in handy for this shot:

 

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Here's one for today. Coquerel's Sifaka at the Croc Farm in Tana.

 

 

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And looks like I might have deleted the ME Sifaka I posted earlier:

 

 

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Here's a couple of shots of Indris in Analamazoatra (Andisibe) Reserve...

 

 

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A diademed sifaka in Mantadia. This was taken before a group of them was moved to Analamazoatra, as per kittykat23uk's trip report. I remember it being a long trek to find them, but we were eventually rewarded with good views including this mother with infant.

 

 

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Seeing this range of wonderfully diverse and interesting lemurs really has the affect of making me sad - knowing that with the continued exploitation of Madagascar's environment and deforestation, many of these will be extinct without drastic Govt action. KK, are you of the same impression having just returned?

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Yes and sadly with the current government in disarray I can only see it getting worse. They need more projects like Anja, and a less short term view of their resources.

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I would agree. It's been 7 years since I went, and I was left with a similar impression - that the unique habitat was disappearing fast. Even in the short time since then it seems things have deteriorated further. Reading KK's trip report has highlighted a few examples of this to me - the diademed sifakas needing to be relocated from Mantadia to Analamazoatra due to the increased cobalt mining in the former 'protected' reserve being a case in point.

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A few shots of Red-fronted Brown Lemurs, taken in the Kirindy Forest...

 

 

 

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A few shots of some ring-tails - taken in the Nahampoana Reserve, Madagascar.

 

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Lemurs, one of the most charming animals out there.

So many species of them and this is what stuck in my camera from Madagascar.

Common Brown Lemur , Andasibe NP

Status: Near threatened

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Decken´s Sifaka , Tsingy De Bemaraha NP

Status: Endangered

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Diademed Sifaka , Analamazaotra reserve

Status: Critical Endangered

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Verreaux Sifaka, Kirindy Forest

Status: Endangered

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Red Front Brown Lemur , Somewhere along Tsiribihina river, Kirindy Forest, Tsingy De Bemaraha NP

Status: Near threatened

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Indri Indri , Analamazaotra reserve

Status: Critically endangered

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Baby Indri on the back!

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Grey Mouse Lemur , Kirindy Forest

Status: Least concern

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Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Mantadia NP

Status: Critically Endangered

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I saw also the world smallest Primate Madame Berthes Mouse Lemur , Sportive Lemurs and Bamboo Lemurs.
But they do not want to get caught on film :)

Madagascar, GO before it´s too late!














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