Jonah’s mouse lemur
Jonah’s mouse lemur, is tiny species of primate. It weighs 60 g and has a body length of around 13 cm and its tail measures around 13 cm as well. It is the 25th recognized species of mouse lemur and the 108th recognized species of lemur. Jonah’s mouse lemur lives in northeastern Madagascar, including within the protected Mananara National Park. The species was named after Malagasy primatologist Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy.
Jonah’s mouse lemur lives in northeastern Madagascar, including within the protected Mananara National Park. The species was named after Malagasy primatologist Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy.. The forested area in the region where the Jonah’s mouse lemur is found is undergoing massive deforestation. In northeast Madagascar, forest cover declined from 12,039 km2 in the early 1990s to 7,501 km2 in 2018. Once an uninterrupted stretch of rainforest, it has been whittled down to fragments. The fragmentation is expected to intensify, stranding the mouse lemurs, curtailing their access to food, and narrowing their genetic diversity.
While this species is clearly going to have a precipitous decline, though the fact of the matter is, that as there is a national park within its range, in theory, there is going to be a small remaining range for this species. In practice, whether an area being protected as a national park is enough to protect its rainforest, and the species that live within it, is anyones guess.