Mongoose Lemur - diurnal or nocturnal depending on the season

Eulemur mongoz The Mongoose Lemur (Eulemur mongoz) is a lemur living in Madagascar and on the islands of Comoros. It is best known for its strange seasonal behavior. Depending on the season, it is either diurnal or nocturnal. They live in trees in small groups and can become very aggressive when two groups meet. The reasons for the population of Mongoose Lemurs declining are the destruction of forests for logging and farms, the hunt for its meat and farmers setting traps to counter the raids of their crop. The forests in Madagascar are continuing to decline for the charcoal industry and the Mongoose Lemur is occasionaly trapped to be sold as a pet.

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Keywords: tail , diurnal , nocturnal , white , red

Which zoos have them?
Brookfield Zoo (United States) and Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)

The Mongoose lemur is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the mongoose lemur
A mongoose lemur group is called a 'troop'.
Comoros and Madagascar
Some facts about the
Mongoose lemur

Adult weight : 2.06 kg (4.532 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 36 years

Female maturity :796 days

Gestation : 128 days

Weaning : 154 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.053 kg (0.1166 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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