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10 weirdly wonderful lemur species

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on March 29, 2015, 12:35 p.m.
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Brown mouse lemur

You're probably thinking there's no way this could be a lemur. It's got to be some sort of little squirrel or even a long-lost cousin of the sugar glider. But no, the brown mouse lemur is a primate and thus a very distant cousin of us humans. Found only on Madagascar, the brown mouse lemur is nocturnal (hence the ridiculously huge eyes) and feeds on insects, fruits and flowers, including nectar and pollen. The species is the shortest lived of all the primates, making it only to about 6-8 years old. While it looks quite different from many other lemur species, it has one thing in common with all lemurs: it is vulnerable to extinction. (Text: Jaymi Heimbuch)