Lemur Families Communicate By Urinating

The white-footed sportive lemur is nocturnal and non-sociable. Because lemurs do not often interact, members of the same family will maintain familiarity by staining a single tree with urine and feces. This is also a method of marking a lemur family's territory.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. White-footed sportive lemur families use a single tree as a latrine to communicate. 00:18

  2. White-footed sportive lemurs are nocturnal, non-sociable animals, but families share a territory. 00:34

  3. Male lemurs visited the bathroom more often in the evening when other lemurs not in the family visited the area. 00:58

Written by Curiosity Staff May 15, 2015