Birth of 4 ring-tailed lemurs!
We recorded the birth of 4 ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in our breeding group!
Three of our five females gave birth to 4 youngsters (including twins) within days between March 3 and March 12. The sex of the babies hasn’t yet been identified by the keepers but all the youngsters are doing fine.
The ring-tailed lemur is probably Madagascar’s most famous lemur. It is also the most common lemur kept in zoos. It lives in family groups composed of several adult males and females and spends most of its time on the ground unlike the other lemur species. The females are dominant over the males and stay in their natal group while the males leave it when they approach sexual maturity at 3-4 years of age. Gestation lasts four and a half months. Births are seasonal and occur in late summer/early autumn in Madagascar and in late winter/early spring in European zoos.
The species is easily recognizable thanks to its distinctive black and white ringed tail and is often seen sunning itself by spreading its limbs in a “yoga-like” position. Unfortunately, it is now classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Increasing hunting pressure for the illegal pet trade and critical habitat loss rate are seriously compromising its long-term survival.