I missed the Endangered Species Challenge, but I really wanted to join it, so I am glad that Louis has kept it open. The endangered animal that I am writing about is the Pygmy Mouse Lemur.
|Actually, I am much bigger than this little guy.|
Actually, he seems like mart mousie and part monkey. Whatever he is, he is a sweet little creature that should be protected.
I had to go to a forest in West Madagascar to find this species because he doesn't live anywhere else.
Here are the facts:
1. They are the smallest primates in the world. Each one is about the size of a teacup. Its head and body are less than 2 1/2 inches long.
2. They are extremely rare. There are eight species of them, some of which were only discovered in the past few years.
3. They live in the trees and rarely leave their homes, sleeping all day and foraging for food at night. Pygmy mouse lemurs are omnivores.
4. Pygmy Mouse Lemurs live in female-dominated groups of about fifteen. The females hibernate during the dry season, during which time the males become more active.
5. These animals store fat in their hind legs and tails.
6. Pygmy Mouse Lemurs are endangered because of the illegal exotic pet trade but they are most threatened by the continual loss of the forests in which they live.
Thank you for reading about my endangered pygmy mouse lemur. I hope they can survive!