Greater Bamboo Lemur

Greater Bamboo Lemur, Ranomafana National Park, MadagascarThis certainly isn’t the most artistic or technically sound photo I’ve ever taken and I wouldn’t have posted it unless… it also happened to be one of the most rare primates in the world. In fact, scientists had presumed the greater bamboo lemur to be extinct until a small population of them were found in central Madagascar back in 1986. I was lucky enough to spot a pair in Ranomafana National Park when I visited back in 2007. They didn’t stick around for long and I was only able to snap off a few frames in the rainy forest. The future, unfortunately, doesn’t look bright for greater bamboo lemurs as slash and burn farming, mining, bamboo logging and hunting continue to pose a critical threat.
Nikon D200 with Nikkor 80-200mm lens (at 200mm) ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/60th of a second, Nikon SB-600 flash

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  1. michael huber July 28, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    great pic. to night. )

  2. Peter Butterfield July 28, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    —– A survivor this
    —– African Scaramucci most
    —– Vituperous .

  3. Rachel Bellenoit July 28, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    So tragic to see species become extinct. Feeling grateful for photographers like you who capture them while they are still with us.

  4. Laura Mann July 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    I think there is an effort afoot to capture images of nearly extinct creatures in a “Photographic Ark” of sorts. (National Geographic perhaps?) Thanks for contributing to the documentation of our vanishing species. Maybe that’s why I think he looks frightened…

  5. michael huber July 29, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    oh what great pic. of this creatures. ) does this seem to be tame enough that you can get close enough to take it pic. of it or this pic. taken tele -photo five mmm a way. ) ?

  6. Norma Parado July 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    We went to Madagascar a few years ago, and so dismayed to see all the smoke from the forests burning as we drove out of Antanarivo headed for the forests where we went to see the lemurs and birds. Also the destruction of wetlands and streams as all are being turned into rice fields!

    In the forests, what a magical place! We were treated to a troppo of Indri who just decided to put on a concert for us right above our heads! Awesome!!!!

    Thanks for bringing back such beautiful memories of Madagascar!

  7. Mo Crane August 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Awww, he looks old and tired, poor little guy!!