Birth of a Ring-tailed Lemur

Many species that live in our country are producing young in Spring. It is also at this time of year that the Ring-tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) housed in European zoos give birth to their babies, in contrast to Madagascar where the seasons are reversed and females give birth in fall.

This year is no exception at La Palmyre with already 2 births recorded!

Not very mobile and hidden under its mother's belly at first, the young Ring-tailed Lemur becomes more active after a fortnight, starting to leave its mother's back on which he is now carried and exploring its surrounding environment. The young also receives all the attention of the family group which seeks to groom it, finding a good way of strengthening the social bonds with his mother. A detail that shouldn't be overlooked: females are dominant over males within the species!