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Mount Kahuzi Climbing Mouse

The Mount Kahuzi climbing mouse (Dendromus kahuziensis) is a rodent found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is listed as a critically endangered species due to illegal logging and it’s also threatened by fire.

Only two specimens have ever been found. Both were found within 100m of each other on Mount Kahuzi.

Its body length (excluding tail) is 50-100mm and its tail length is 65-132mm. Its home is tropical forests, and to traverse these forests it may use its semi-prehensile tail to hold on to tree branches.

Its markings are brownish on the top and white to yellow on its underside, with strongly dark rings around its eyes. As with other Dendromus, it has three well defined toes.

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Kahuzi-Biega National Park, is a secure area close to Bukavu town in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.