Significance to humans

There has been little success in raising them in zoos. They have lived for less than one year at the Jardin des Plantes Zoo in Paris, France, and at the Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania (United States). A breeding program has been set up at the

Tananarive Zoo, now the Antananarivo Zoo, in Madagascar, but even it has not been successful at keeping them over long periods of time. The meat of the sportive lemur is sometimes eaten by locals, who like its taste (probably because of the animal's vegetable diet).

1. Small-toothed sportive lemur (Lepilemur microdon); 2. White-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus); 3. Northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis); 4. Gray-backed sportive lemur (Lepilemur dorsalis); 5. Red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus); 6. Weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus); 7. Milne-Edwards's sportive lemur (Lepilemur edwardsi). (Illustration by Gillian Harris)

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