Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) on Siargao island
Okay, it’s not really a lemur and it can’t really fly but this Philippine flying lemur is an interesting and regular visitor to our nighttime yard. Usually it comes to our attention shortly after sunset as it begins moving through the guava and jackfruit trees.
Instead of ‘flying’ this creature uses a webbed membrane called a patagium to glide between trees.
The Philippine flying lemur mostly eats leaves (and licks them too to get moisture).
Taxonomically, the Philippine Flying lemur is most closely related to the Scandentia treeshrews and, believe it or not, primates. We’ll save the Mindanao treeshrews that are seen running around our yard from time to time for an upcoming story.