New Species of Dwarf Lemur Found in Madagascar

Newly identified Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur, (Photo by Andreas Hapke)


Researchers have identified a new species of dwarf lemur previously unknown to science. The recently discovered dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus lavasoensis, inhabits only three extremely isolated regions of southern Madagascar. Lemurs, a subgroup of primates, are among the most prominent representatives of the island’s unique animals. They are found almost exclusively on Madagascar.

This unique species and their stunning habitats are potentially threatened by demands from today’s global markets and perpetual deforestation. The exact population size is unknown, but preliminary estimates indicate there are fewer than 50 individuals remaining.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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