Golden Bamboo Lemur has an amazing ability to process the potent poison cyanide, which is found in large quantities in its favourite food: the young shoots and leaves of Giant Bamboo. The race around Andasibe (right) is rich brown in colour; the race in the west and southeast (below) is paler and greyer.
DISTRIBUTION: Very small range in the rainforest of the southeast.
ID: The golden colour of this species distinguishes it from both the smaller Grey Bamboo Lemur and the larger Greater Bamboo Lemur.
VOICE: Vocal. Gives a quiet grunting similar to that of brown lemurs. The territorial call is a complicated clucking and whistling.
BEHAVIOUR: Usually seen in small groups, feeding placidly within a thick stand of Giant Bamboo Cathariostachys madagascariensis. One infant is born in November or December.
WHERE TO SEE: Ranomafana NP, which exists in large part due to the discovery of this species there in 1985. Local guides are skilled at tracking this flagship species.
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