Birth of 3 ring-tailed lemurs
Our breeding group of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) now has three new members. Indeed, three females gave birth to one baby between early March and late April.
The most famous of Madagascar’s lemurs is also the most terrestrial one since it spends most of its time on the ground. It has an extremely varied diet and relies little on water resources which allows the species to live in many different habitats including under the hottest, driest or coldest places of Madagascar.
Despite its extreme ecological flexibility, the ring-tailed lemur is highly threatened by poaching for the bushmeat and illegal pet trade, as well as by habitat loss generated by the slash-and-burn agriculture. In 2014, the species’ IUCN status was downgraded from “near threatened” to “endangered” and in the European zoos, the ring-tailed lemurs will now be managed under an EEP (the highest management level), the status of their wild population having become of particular concern.