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About Mouse Lemur

The Latin word lemures means “ghost.” Malagasy people have traditionally associated these primates with spirits because they are active at night, and perhaps because of their eerie, large-eyed stare.

There are more than 20 species of mouse lemurs, and several have been identified only in recent years. This is a rarity in primate research, and illustrates just how much remains to be known about these fascinating animals.

Like all lemurs, mouse lemurs inhabit the island of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa.

Fast facts 

Common Name: Mouse Lemurs

Scientific Name: Microcebus

Type: Mammals

Diet: Omnivores

Size: Head and body, 2.25 to 4.75 in; tail, 4.75 in

Weight: 1 to 4 oz

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