The Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) or Kagwang, is a captivating and unique creature native to the Philippines. Despite its name, it is not a true lemur and is not capable of true flight like birds. Instead, it possesses a remarkable gliding ability that allows it to gracefully glide through the forest canopies.
This Philippine native lemur is a medium-sized mammal with a distinctive appearance. It has large, round eyes, a flat face, and a membrane of skin called a patagium that stretches from its neck to its limbs. This patagium acts as a parachute-like wing, enabling the creature to glide from tree to tree. The Philippine Flying Lemur is predominantly nocturnal and spends its days resting in tree hollows or dense foliage.
The mammal is primarily herbivorous. It feeds on a variety of fruits, flowers, and leaves. Its agile gliding ability allows it to access food sources high in the forest canopy that might be difficult to reach for other creatures.
The Philippine Flying Lemur is currently listed as a “Vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its population is declining due to habitat loss caused by deforestation and human encroachment. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect its natural habitat and ensure its survival in the wild.
Where to see the Philippine Flying Lemur?
This remarkable mammal is found in the tropical forests and woodlands of the Philippines, particularly in the islands of Mindanao, Leyte, Samar, and Bohol. It prefers to inhabit areas with dense vegetation, such as rainforests and secondary forests, where it can find ample food and shelter.
If you are interested in observing this creature, it is best to participate in guided night tours led by experienced local guides who are familiar with the lemur’s habitat and behavior. These tours usually take place in protected areas or nature reserves like the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape in Bohol where the lemurs are known to thrive.
It is essential to remember that the Philippine Flying Lemur is a vulnerable species, and its population is declining due to habitat loss and other threats. When observing them, always follow responsible ecotourism practices and prioritize the well-being of the lemurs and their natural habitat.
Map of Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape
Photo Gallery of the Philippine Flying Lemur
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