|Hubbard's Sportive Lemur
(aka Zombitse Sportive Lemur Lepilemur hubbardi)
|Zombitse NP, Madagascar
Hubbard's Sportive Lemur is endemic to a small area of south-west Madagascar. See the distribution map at IUCN. It is found in dry forest. Because of its restricted range and loss of habitat it is classified as Endangered.
They are nocturnal and their diet consists largely of leaves. This type of diet has led to adaptations in their dietary tract such as an enlarged proximal colon.
Though nocturnal, they remain alert during the day when in their sleeping holes because of the threat from the Fossa Cryptoprocta ferox and the Madgascar Boa.
The term "Sportive" comes from their adoption of a boxer-like stance when threatened.
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