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Distribution:
South and Southwestern Madagascar.
Food:
Plants, leaves, flowers, fruit, and often sap and bark form trees. Rarely insects.
Data:
They live in tropical rainforest and in tropical bush areas, and spend a large part of the day foraging for food on the ground. They are social animals and live in groups of 3 to 25. Females are 100% dominant over males, but males are also active socially. During the birthing season, males practice infanticide (the act of killing the offspring of a female).
Females on the other hand are usually friendly towards the offspring of other females. Groups of females switch infants, babysit, form play groups, and even nurse infants other than their own. Females give birth once a year to one, sometimes 2 infants.
The species is endangered because of habitat loss due to fires, overgrazing by livestock and tree cutting for charcoal production, and high priority has been given to its conservation.

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