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Primate World Animal Fact Sheet
COLLARED LEMUR
Lemur fulcus collaris

Range:
Madagascar
The Collared Lemur is classified as a subspecies of the Brown Lemur and is primarily diurnal and arboreal. They are vegetarians and feed on fruits, flowers, leaves and seed pods. Unlike other primates, lemurs rarely use their hands to hold and manipulate food. Instead they use their hands to pull leaf or fruit laden branches toward them and feed from them directly.

Social organization has been poorly studied in the wild but they appear to live in small multi-male/ multi?female groups. Groups spend most (95%) of their time in the trees and have small home ranges (approx. 10-20 acres). Most activity and feeding occurs in the morning and late afternoon.

Secretions from a scent gland located in the anal region are rubbed on branches to help mark group territories, but vocalizations are the main signal used to convey the group's location and extent of their territory.

Mating occurs between April and June in the wild, and the young are born from August to October just prior to the spring rainy season. Females have only one pair of mammae located pectorally and usually give birth to only one young at a time.

Habitat: Woodlands
Diet: Fruits, seedpods, some flowers and leaves, insects
Status: Threatened by habitat destruction. This is one of about half a dozen subspecies of the Brown Lemur. The Brown Lemur as a whole is considered threatened as most populations are rare. The Collared subspecies is one of the most threatened.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length of head and body: Approx. 18 inches
Length of tail: 18-22 inches
Weight: 5 to 6 lbs.
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years in captivity
Reproduction & Offspring:

Gestation: 102 days.
Offspring: Often twins


 

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