Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus)
Also known as the broad-nosed bamboo lemur or the broad-nosed gentle lemur, the greater bamboo lemur is a critically endangered species of lemur that is endemic to southeastern Madagascar. As suggested by its common name P. simus feeds almost exclusively on the bamboo species Cathariostachys madagascariensis, feeding mainly on its shoots. P. simus is also known to feed on fungi, flowers and fruit as well. Greater bamboo lemurs live in groups of around 28. Interestingly these groups are male dominated, making P. simus one of the only lemur species that have male dominated groups.
Currently Prolemur simus is listed as critically endangered and is one of the most endangered primates. P. simus faces threats from habitat destruction and degradation and from having a small population (<100).
Image: Cédric Girard-Buttoz