December 11, 2012—A National Geographic Explorer makes a surprising nighttime discovery about lemurs, using camera traps.
A daytime animal gets caught on camera out and about ... after dark.
Hi I'm Lucie McNeil and this is National Geographic On Assignment-your link to thousands of Nat Geo explorers out in the field.
Today, we're off to Southwestern Madagascar where National Geographic's Marni Lefleur studies the social structure of ring-tailed lemurs.
Marni and her team hid motion-activated cameras to capture photos of lemur's nighttime predators.
The images revealed a huge surprise to the scientists....lemurs, once thought to be active primarily during the day, also have a robust nightlife.
Since previous studies of the animals were daytime, these photos open a new window into our understanding of ring-tailed lemurs.
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