|Northern Giant Mouse Lemur|
Northern giant mouse lemur eating berries
|Common Name||Northern Dwarf Lemur|
The Northern giant mouse lemur (Mirza zaza), is a new species of giant mouse lemur which was discovered to be a new species in 2005 by Kappeler, from the German primates centre and the University of Göttingen. Before, both populations of giant mouse lemurs were believed to belong to one species. The northern giant mouse lemurs are small nocturnal lemurs endemic to Madagascar. They weigh about 300 grams (11 oz), and have long, bushy tails and relatively small ears. Their large testicles are an indication of their promiscuous copulation system.
The word zaza means child in Malagasy. Kappeler et al. choose this name for two reasons. First, the northern giant mouse lemur is the smaller of the two giant mouse lemur species. Second, they wished to emphasize the responsibility of the current generation of Malagasy children for the conservation of Malagasy animals for future generations.