Bamboo Lemurs, also known as Gentle Lemurs, like all lemurs are native to Madagascar. The diet of most is
primarily bamboo shoots. Despite the name "Gentle", they can be aggressive.
The Alaotran Bamboo Lemur, native to marshes of Lac Alaotra in northeast Madagascar, is also called the Lac Alaotra Bamboo
or Gentle Lemur. Some authorities class it as a subspecies of the Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur,
The Alaotran Bamboo Lemur is the only Bamboo Lemur which does not eat bamboo shoots. It eats the papyrus reeds in which it
lives and some grasses.
It is has very small range, scattered population and is classified as Critically Endangered. Major threats include drainage of remaining
marsh and rice cultivation around the lake.