This species was named after the late Margot Marsh who during her lifetime provided significant support to worldwide primate conservation efforts. Like ‘Mort’ the mouse lemur from the movie, ‘Madagascar’, this species is also quite tiny – weighing only 49g; the same as a big box of tic tacs or a dairy milk shortcake bar.
The mouse lemur has a bright reddish-orange head, a light brown face, small ears and like all mouse lemurs has a white stripe that runs between its eyes.
Mouse lemurs tend to be forest dwellers living in a wide range of different habitats and feed on both plants and animals. Their diets can be quite varied, often changing throughout the year. Foods of choice include insects, fruits, buds and flowers. The biggest threat to their survival is deforestation.
This mouse lemur was discovered in Madagascar in the Province of Antsiranana in the Antafondro Classified Forest Special Reserve. This province is the most northern in Madagascar. Like all species of lemur they can only be found in Madagascar.
This species is only found in one location and has a very small range. It is at risk due to the potential of deforestation in the area.
Rambinintsoa Andriantompohavana and colleagues – Center for Conservation and Research (CCR), Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE, USA