White-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus) Berenty Reserve. Southern MADAGASCAR
HABITAT: Xerophytic spiny forest and gallery forest in southern and south-west Madagascar.
These are medium-sized nocturnal lemurs with long tails and the smallest in their genus. Length: 460-520mm; Weight 500-700 grams. They cling vertically to tree trunks and jump large distances with their powerful hind legs. Tree holes, tangles of lianas (vines) or tree forks are the preferred sleep sites where they can be seen during the day resting. They are usually found singularly except during breeding season and when they have offspring. They feed on the tough leaves from Didiereaceae and Euphorbiaccae species, together with the leaves and occasionally flowers of the Tamarind or Kily tree.
ENDEMIC TO MADAGASCAR.
THREATS: Habitat distruction from burning for more cattle pastures. Hunting in some areas.
STATUS: Threatened due to small range and the above threats but still common thoughout its range