When was the golden bamboo lemur discovered?

When was the golden bamboo lemur discovered?

The Golden Bamboo Lemur was discovered only in 1987 and is one of the most threatened primates in Madagascar. It is patchily distributed over a small area of rain forest in south-eastern Madagascar. All populations of this species are severely threatened by habitat destruction.

How many bamboo lemur are left in the world?

As few as 60 greater bamboo lemurs are left in the wild, and no more than 150, making them among the most critically endangered primates on the planet.

Why are bamboo lemur endangered?

The species is threatened primarily by the continued loss of its forest habitat due to slash-and-burn agriculture and destruction of bamboo forests for building houses, carrying water, making baskets and other local uses, though they suffer from some hunting pressure.

Which country contains the greater bamboo lemur?

The greater bamboo lemur is one of three species of bamboo lemur in Madagascar — the golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus) and the gentle bamboo lemur (H. griseus) are the others. These three species coexist by having specialized bamboo-feeding habits.

What animals eat golden bamboo lemurs?

The main threat facing northern bamboo lemurs is habitat loss due to slash-and-burn agriculture as well as bushmeat hunting. Natural predators include hawks, boa constrictors, fossa (Madagascar’s largest carnivore, related to the mongoose with qualities of a cat), as well as domestic cats and dogs.

Are golden bamboo lemurs rare?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the golden bamboo lemur as Critically Endangered (IUCN, 2020). Their population is in decline due to habitat loss and hunting; it was estimated to be 5,916 in 2005, but now it is likely that only 630 individuals remain (250 of which are mature).

What is the average lifespan of a greater bamboo lemur?

In captivity, greater bamboo lemurs have lived over 17 years of age (Weigl 2005).

What is the predator of a greater bamboo lemur?

Its only confirmed predators are the fossa and the bushpigs, but raptors are also suspected. Its current range is restricted to southeastern Madagascar, although fossils indicate its former range extended across bigger areas of the island, including as far north as Ankarana.

Is the golden bamboo lemur extinct?

The golden bamboo lemur (Hapalemur aureus) is a type of lemur found exclusively in south-eastern Madagascar Rainforests. They are found in the Ranomafana National Park. They are a Critically Endangered lemur species.

What eats the golden bamboo lemur?

The golden bamboo lemur eats new shoots, creepers, and the leaf bases of this giant bamboo species. One adult eats about 17.6 oz (500 g) of bamboo every day. The main predators that eat golden bamboo lemurs are boa constrictors, hawks, and fossa.

What kind of animal is a bamboo lemur?

aureus 1 Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, H. griseus Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, H. g. griseus Gilbert’s bamboo lemur, H. g. gilberti Ranomafana bamboo lemur, H. g. ranomafanensis 2 Southern lesser bamboo lemur, H. meridionalis 3 Western lesser bamboo lemur, H. occidentalis 4 Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur, H. alaotrensis 5 Golden bamboo lemur, H. aureus

How many species of lemur are there in the world?

As of 2010, the classification of bamboo lemurs lists five species and three subspecies. Genus Hapalemur Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, H griseus Eastern lesser bamboo lemur, H. g. griseus.

What kind of animal is the gray lemur?

Hapalemur griseus has no less than three widely used common names: the eastern lesser bamboo lemur, the gray gentle lemur, and the gray bamboo lemur. To avoid confusion, any discussion of bamboo lemurs, unless otherwise specified, refers to the variety of bamboo lemur housed at the Lemur Center: the eastern lesser bamboo lemur, Hapalemur griseus.

How often does a bamboo lemur give birth?

Bamboo lemur females come into estrus once a year, typical for a diurnal lemur. Single infants, and very rarely twins, are born after a gestation of some 140 days, longer than average for a lemur. Infant care is highly unusual in this species.

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