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|This is another one of the many I took at Apenheul while I worked there in 2004. I think of this as another more serene moment (like the bonobo with it's baby). This one is just sound asleep, yet still hanging on upside down to it's mother. They are ring-tailed lemurs.|
The ring-tailed lemurs are still on the endangered species list. Their habitat is scrub, spiny desert, dry and gallery forest areas. Their social structure is made up of multimale-multifemale with 1 alpha female. Ringtails defend their resources, but are not strictly territorial. Females are receptive for only 24 hours per year. Infants are carried ventrally for the first 2 weeks, then on the back - which makes the infant in this photograph very young :-). And, unfortunately, infant mortality rate is 40%. Their mating season is Mid-April, while their Birth season is Aug-Sept. They reach sexual maturity at 21-30 months and can give birth at 36 months of age. Their gestation is 134-138 days, while their interval between births is 12-24 months. They usually have only 1, occasionally 2 offspring.
(*The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates by Noel Rowe)
Focal length for this shot was set at 100mm and ISO was at 320.
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