John T. Willis

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Greater Bamboo Lemur

The Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur lemur) is a large, greyish browm lemur with white ear tufts. It is approximately 16 inches long and its tail is between 17 and 22 inches, giving a total of approximately 26 inches long or longer. It weighs a little over 5 pounds.

This animal feeds almost exclusively in Giant Bamboo, preferring the shoots but also eating the pith and leaves. Scientists do not know how their metabolism deals with the cyanide found in the shoots. Their typical daily dose of this food would be enough to kill human beings. Its only predator is the Fossa, but raptors are also suspected. This animal lives only in southeastern Madagascar in the rainforest.

Experts estimate less than 200 living Greater Bamboo Lemurs because the bamboo crop is so sparse. Scientists think the males outnumber the females. Males have been observed taking the pith away from females that have put significant effort into opening the bamboo stems.

The Greater Bamboo Lemur is another example of our God's creativity and awesomeness. It is amazing that God continues to create and sustain so many various animals and birds and plants and fish and many other things on earth. Each is unique. YOU are unique. God created YOU in HIS image. Rejoice in your existence and life and sustenance. God bless YOU daily.

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John Willis


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