Birth of red-ruffed lemur triplets
For the second year in a row, our female red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) has given birth to triplets! The youngsters, whose sex has not been determined yet, are doing well. This is the fourth litter our 9-year-old female. Our group now has 8 individuals.
The red-ruffed lemur is one of the most threatened primates of Madagascar. Its range is restricted to the primary forests of northeast Madagascar, severely impacted by massive deforestation for the exploitation of rosewood. Unlike ring-tailed lemurs that can live in very different habitats (mountainous areas, dry forests, wooded savannahs…), red-ruffed lemurs entirely depend on non-exploited forests.
La Palmyre Zoo supports red-ruffed lemur conservation in the wild through a program conducted by the EEP for this species and the GERP (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar) which aims to reinforce wild populations by reintroducing Madagascar captive-born animals (offspring from pairs transferred from Europe to Madagascar) and by moving wild individuals isolated into forest fragments to protected areas. A translocation to the protected forest of Farankaraina is currently in progress.