Mouse lemurs, like all the other lemurs, are native to Madagascar. These forest dwelling primates are strictly nocturnal and, due to their diminutive size, can be quite easily missed. In fact new species are continually being discovered. Mouse lemurs include the world's smallest primate - Madame Berthe's mouse lemur - which is only 10cm long. Long tails aid mouse lemurs to climb and leap.
Scientific name: Microcebus
Rare footage of the world's smallest primate.
These tiny and vulnerable nocturnal primates are rightly very wary of light. The HD camera's capacity to record in low light wasn't sufficient, so the crew rigged up a dimmer switch to habituate the lemurs to increasing levels gradually, over several weeks. A sophisticated rope access system enabled the crew to film high up in the baobab trees.
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Mouse lemurs can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
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