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Brown Mouse Lemur, Microcebus rufus

The brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) is a small primate, and as with all lemur species, is found solely on the island of Madagascar. Other common names include the eastern rufous mouse lemur, russet mouse lemur, red mouse lemur, and the rufous mouse lemur. It was originally thought to be a subspecies of the grey mouse lemur until it was listed as its own species in 1977.

The fur of this lemur is reddish brown on the back, and greyish-white on the underbelly. It is nocturnal, and prefers to live alone. In the wild, it lives to be up to eight years old, although in captivity and with special care, it can live up to twelve years. The brown mouse lemur has a status conservation of “Last Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

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Brown Mouse Lemur Microcebus rufus