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Meeting the Sunda Colugo

I know you want to know what that is and where is it? The Sunda colugo is a flying lemur also referred to as the Malayan flying lemur. It is native to Southeast Asia particularly in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. It does not actually fly but instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. This creature is most active at night and eats soft plant parts like young leaves, shoots, flowers, and fruit.

Loss of habitat and local hunting is a great threat to it. The flying lemur is a skilled climber and does not do well on the ground. It has a gliding membrane that is connected to its neck and extends to the limbs and tips of the fingers, toes, and nails. It gives them a gliding distance of 100 meters but has difficulty maneuvering in high winds and heavy rain. It will lick the barks of trees for water, nutrients, salts, and minerals.

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