Life’s A Zoo with Mallory Clark webisode five: Madagascar Ring Tailed Lemur

Today Mallory Clark is at ZooWorld in Panama City Beach Fl. with one of their Conservation Show stars, Simon. Simon is a young; and very food motivated Ring-Tailed Lemur. He is one of 10 species belonging to the family of Lemuridae, or true lemurs. There are, however, 21 other species of lemur in four separate families. Interestingly enough, all lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar. The ring-tailed lemur inhabits forests and dry scrub areas of southern and southwestern parts of Madagascar. Unlike most lemurs, which mainly stay in trees, this species spends a good deal of time running around on the ground and huddled in groups called, “lemur balls” where they spend the day grooming and sunbathing. They live in mixed-sex social groups of up to twenty individuals, with the females dominating over the males. Because they are such social animals, their physical characteristics have adapted to this lifestyle. For example, the lower canines and incisors jut outward, almost perpendicular to the others, and are used like a comb to groom their neighbors. Also, both sexes have dark scent glands around each wrist to communicate and claim territories.

Although the ring tailed lemur is not the most threatened primate on Madagascar, their popularity in zoos makes them an ideal, “flagship species” for conservation. Due to deforestation, pollution, hunting, and human encroachment in general; other endemic populations are depleting exponentially. Madagascar is often considered the single highest priority conservation area on Earth. The only other island with more endemic species is Australia, which is 13 times the size of Madagascar.

Fun Fact
Prosimians are primates that are not monkeys or apes; including, among others, lemurs, aye-ayes, and bushbabies. They are considered to have characteristics that are more primitive than those of monkeys and apes (suborder Prosimii – Gr. pro, before, + simia, ape).
Prosimians are the only primates native to Madagascar

List of Endangered Endemic Species

Critically Endangered:

•Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Golden-crowned Sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Greater Bamboo Lemur (Hapamemur simus). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Greater Big-footed Mouse (Macrotarsomys ingens). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Lesser Yellow Bat (Scotophilus borbonicus).
•Tree Shrew-tenrec (Microgale dryas). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•White-tipped Tufted-tailed Rat (Eliurus penicillatus). (Endemic to Madagascar.)

Endangered:

•Aquatic Tenrec (Limnogale mergulus). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Diademed Sifaka (Propithecus diadema). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Falanouc (Eupleres goudotii). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Whale (Balaenoptera physalus).
•Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Giant-striped Mongoose (Galidictis grandidieri). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Golden Brown Mouse Lemur (Microcebus ravelobensis). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Greater Long-tailed Shrew-tenrec (Microgale principula). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur (Allocebus trichotis). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Indri (Indri indri). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Major’s Tufted-tailed Rat (Eliurus majori). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Malagasy Giant Rat (Hypogeomys antimena). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Narrow-striped Mongoose (Mungotictis decemlineata). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Pygmy Mouse Lemur (Microcebus myoxinus). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Pygmy Shrew-tenrec (Microgale parvula). (Endemic to Madagascar.)
•Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata). (Endemic to Madagascar

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