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Madagascar is an island known for its lemurs. The Ring-Tailed Lemur is the most popular lemur. The adaptations of the Ring-Tailed Lemur are very specific to the region it lives in. The Ring-Tailed Lemur has the ability to walk on the ground so it can forage for food that its other lemur brethren cannot. It also does this because the trees where it lives are spiny and can stab it and its children. Lemurs use the scent glands in their wrist to do something called a stink fight. They spread their “stink” onto their tail to try to win the female. The strongest scent wins the female. The Ring-Tailed Lemur is quite high on the Madagascar food chain. They eat plants and small bugs. The animal that eats the Ring-Tailed Lemur is the wild Fossa. The Fossa is at the top of the Madagascar food chain. Lemurs are social animals and are generally nice to each other. Alliances between certain lemurs is an uncommon. In lemurs, mothers are more dominant than their daughters at first. Adult male lemurs do, especially when there are females there, drive away other adult males. The Ring-Tailed Lemur is endangered because of hunting, primates, and deforestation. Humans are the major threat to lemurs. The over-hunting of lemurs has decreased their population. Deforestation is the biggest threat to lemurs. The humans slash and burn agriculture is killing them because their homes are being burned. A minor issue is them being kept as pets, which is illegal. Drought is also a huge concern in Madagascar. When all creatures on the island are fighting for food, the smaller creatures are bound to be hit the hardest. Maintaining gene flow is also a big problem with lemurs. In-breeding has occurred more in recent years causing weakness in their line. The Ring-Tailed Lemur is one of the most iconic species in Madagascar. If you ever have a chance to see one in person, take it right away.
The Ring-tailed Mongoose is a weasel-like animal that lives in Madagascar, it is a carnivore so it eats meat. They are threatened however by habitat loss and invasive species. The Ring-tailed Mongoose has webbed feet so it can swim, it also has short claws and has deep reddish fur. Mongooses eat rodents, snakes, crocodile eggs and bird eggs. The mongoose is a carnivore so it will eat anything that has meat in it. Ring-tailed Mongooses are listed Vulnerable by the IUCN. It’s threats are habitat loss and competition of other animals, also known as invasive species.
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