Flying Lemur

Photo by: David Tan
Photo by: David Tan

Name: Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus variegatus)

Synonyms: Colugo

Classification: Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Dermoptera > Cynocephalidae >Cynocephalusvariegates

Habitat: Primary and Secondary Forest

Description: In spite of its name, Flying Lemurs are neither lemurs nor able to fly, although they are able to glide gracefully from tree to tree with the help of a long membrane that runs from their neck all the way past their limbs to their tail. A largely nocturnal species by nature, the Flying Lemur is found all over the MacRitchie forest, where it is often seen clinging on to tall trees, sometimes with a small baby Flying Lemur peeking out from underneath the parent’s gliding membranes.