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Mongoose Lemur

Eulemur mongoz

About the Species

Mongoose Lemurs

Mongoose lemurs have differing fur coloration depending on their gender. Males are gray-brown and have a reddish "beard" and cheek fur. Females are gray overall with white facial hair. Juvenile Mongoose lemurs begin leaving their mother briefly at about 6 weeks old. They are weaned by 5 to 6 months old. They live in groups of a pair of adults and one to four of their immature offspring. Habitat loss due to human farming, burning, cattle pastures and charcoal making is the main cause of vulnerability for this species.

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Mongoose lemurs will wave their tails back and forth while letting out low grunt vocalizations to alert the family of dangers in the area.

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Facts

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Origin

Northwestern Madagascar and three of the nearby Comoros Islands

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Habitat

Dry forest and humid forest

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Size

1.5 to 3.5 pounds | 30 to 33 inches long

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Diet

Flowers, fruits, nectar and leaves

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Predators

Fossa, boa constrictor and hawk

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Natural Defenses

Climbing abilities

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Reproduction

Each pair has one offspring born each year

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Status

Critically Endangered

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Life Expectancy

Up to 30 years

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