Random Week: Mongoose Lemur (Eulemur mongoz)
This week, random.org is picking our mammals, and the random-number generator made me very happy this morning. Instead of the statistically likely rodent, we get a lemur! Hello, mongoose lemur. We can tell that this one is a male because his cheeks and beard are red; females are plain gray and white. The mongoose lemur is a little unusual among lemurs for two reasons. Unlike most lemurs, which are either nocturnal or diurnal, the mongoose lemur seems to switch between the two depending on the season. It’s sometimes active at night and sometimes during the day. And while the mongoose lemur does live on Madagascar, like all other lemurs, it is one of only two species that also live on the Comoros Islands, which are about 200 miles northwest of Comoros. On Madgascar, lemurs play a surprising role: they pollinate plants.