Scientists recently identified and named the new species Groves' dwarf lemur, known scientifically as the Cheirogaleus grovesi.
Adorable Lemurs Roam Free on This Ancient Island See lemurs in this short film from the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.
At the Conservation Genetics lab in the Omaha Zoo, scientists were eventually able to distinguish the DNA of Groves' dwarf lemurs from other lemurs that are genetically similar.
Twenty-four of the world's 113 lemur species have been found by the Omaha genetics lab.
Madagascar has been hit hard by deforestation, habitat loss, and poaching, and his team's research efforts are coupled with conservation and education measures to push locals to conserve wildlife habitat.