Lemur Pictures, Madagascar
A Milne Edwards Sportive Lemur in Ankarafantsika National Park. Photo by Frank Vassen.
The bugcrew spent quite a few entertaining and informative days at Berenty, hanging out mainly with ring tails and chameleons. Other lemurs were leaping around the reserve in large numbers but less sociable than the ring tails. All the following photos are from Berenty.
Ring-tailed lemurs wandering around Berenty bungalow area.
The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like other lemurs, this species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory with scent glands. The males perform a unique scent marking behavior called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents. More from Wikipedia.
A dancing Verreaux’s Sifaka, also in Berenty.
Verreaux’s Sifaka spend most of their time in trees but when it’s necessary to cross open land to get somewhere they bounce across the space at speed, arms aloft and spinning like tiny, furry ballerinas. This is probably the fastest way to travel and thus avoid becoming dinner for one of Madagascar’s few predators, the fossa (a kind of puma/dog cross).
Another Sifaka hanging out.