Get your cute dose for the day with this newly discovered dwarf lemur

2018-01-18 18:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - A new species of lemur has been discovered in the forests of Madagascar, and it is unbelievably cute, characterised by big sweet eyes and a fluffy tail.

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Named Groves' Dwarf Lemur, in honour of primate expert Dr Colin Groves who passed away in November last year, it took a year to confirm through DNA testing that it was a separate species, and studies were conducted in a partnership between the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, the Global Wildlife Conservation, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. 

The genetics team was led by Dr Edward Louis Jr, and the new species is smaller than your average squirrel, according to National Geographic. They captured them by hand and darting, took measurements and samples and then released them back into the wild. They can be found in two of the island's national parks, namely Ranomafana and Andringitra. 

This is the 24th lemur species to be identified since 2006 by the Doorly Zoo's team.

Safe to say this might be their most adorable addition yet.

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Lemurs are found nowhere else in the world and are some of the funniest-looking primates around. Due to their isolation on the island, they evolved into almost a hundred subspecies before humans started encroaching on their habitats and hunting them to the brink of extinction.  

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Once upon a time there were lemurs the size of gorillas, but unfortunately these didn't survive humanity's expansion.

They can also be really cheeky, as this BBC reporter found out while trying to do a news link about Banham Zoo in Norfolk.

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