WHICH LEMURS HI­BER­NATE?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wildworld -

Dwarf and mouse lemurs are the only lemurs (and pri­mates) to ha­bit­u­ally hi­ber­nate. Mouse lemurs vary their hi­ber­na­tion ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions; dwarf lemurs ( be­low) ad­here to reg­u­lar pat­terns, with some snooz­ing for seven months of the year. Hi­ber­na­tion is not usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with ho­hot con­di­tions, but it is a use­ful met­tabolic strat­egy when you are very small and food avail­abil­ity iss sea­sonal. Dwarfle­mur hi­iber­na­tion is also linked to a long­ger life.

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