New Species of Dwarf Lemur Found in Madagascar
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.