Ankarana Sportive Lemur

Ankarana Sportive Lemur

Ankarana weasel lemur

Lepilemur ankaranensis
Population size
750 g
53 cm

Ankarana sportive lemurs are medium-sized primates. They are one of the smaller sportive lemurs. The color of their fur is light grayish-brown with a gray underside. They often have a dark stripe extending along the spine from the crown of their head and there are also brownish tinges in the shoulder area. The tail is pale brown getting darker closer the tip.


Ankarana sportive lemurs are found in northern Madagascar. They live in dry lowland forests in Ankarana, Andrafiamena, and Analamerana, and in moist montane forest of Montagne d'Ambre national park.

Ankarana Sportive Lemur habitat map



Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Little is known about the behavior of Ankarana sportive lemurs. It is known that these animals are solitary; they prefer to live alone except for females and their young. They are very territorial and defend their boundaries against same-sex intruders. These animals are arboreal and very agile. They can perform long jumps from a tree to tree. Ankarana sportive lemurs are nocturnal and feed during the night time. During the day they sleep in tree holes or vine tangles.

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Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Ankarana sportive lemurs are herbivores (frugivores, folivores). During the rainy season they mainly feed on fruits and during they dry season, they eat leaves only. These animals have also been known to feed on latex.

Mating Habits


Little information is known about the mating and reproductive habits of Ankarana sportive lemurs.


Population threats

Main threats to Ankarana sportive lemurs are habitat destruction for charcoal and hunting. In recent years hunting has become a more serious threat due to mining for sapphires in the Ankarana region.

Population number

The IUCN Red List and other sources don’t provide the number of the Ankarana sportive lemurs total population size. Currently, this species is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List and its numbers today are decreasing.

Ecological niche

Ankarana sportive lemurs feed on fruits and act as seed despersers in their region. They also may have an impact on the trees they use due to their folivorous diet. Additionally, Ankarana sportive lemurs form an important link in the food chain of their range as a prey species for native boa predators. The Madagascar ground boa is known to prey upon sportive lemurs in their sleeping sites.


1. Ankarana Sportive Lemur on Wikipedia -
2. Ankarana Sportive Lemur on The IUCN Red List site -

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