Mongoose Lemur

Mongoose Lemur

Eulemur mongoz

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Quick Facts


Body Length: 14 inches; tail length: 19 inches
Weight: 4.5 pounds
Distribution: Northwestern Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, to which they are thought to have been introduced
Habitat:

Primary and secondary dry forest and scrub

Wild Diet: Fruit, leaves, flowers, and nectar, especially kapok tree nectar
Zoo Diet: Commercial "Marion leafeater," "monkey biscuits," "Mazuri primate browse biscuits," frugi fruit, vegetables, and starchy leafy mix

Some groups of mongoose lemurs will switch from diurnal activity (active during the day) to nocturnal activity (active at night) at the beginning of the dry season


At the Zoo

There are two mongoose lemurs at Brookfield Zoo:
Raul is a male born at the Duke Lemur Center on May 3, 1990. He arrived at Brookfield Zoo on January 16, 2001.
Jose is a male born at the Duke Lemur Center on April 9, 1991. He arrived at Brookfield Zoo on January 16, 2001.

Description

Mongoose lemurs are sexually dimorphic (have two distinct gender forms). Females have a gray head, forelimbs, and shoulders, with a dark back and a white beard; males are generally darker with a reddish-brown beard. They are about the size of a small domestic cat.

Status in the Wild

Mongoose lemurs are found in only one protected area in Madagascar, which is currently being cleared for pasture, charcoal production, and cropland. Mongoose lemur habitat is also disappearing rapidly in the Comoros Islands. Although this species is protected under Malagasy law, it is hunted extensively for food and the pet trade.

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