Birth of red-ruffed lemur triplets!
There have been a whole host of lemur births at the zoo! We’re in the heart of the birthing season for the species whose females give birth in autumn in Madagascar. Since the seasons are being reversed in the northern hemisphere, these births occur in spring in European zoos.
After the 4 ring-tailed lemurs born in early March, we recorded the birth of red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) triplets three weeks ago. This is the third litter of our 8-year old female but they are her first set of triplets. The sex of the babies is still unknown but they are doing well. We now have 7 individuals.
The red-ruffed lemur is the most frugivorous primate of Madagascar: its diet can contain up to 90% of fruits complemented with flowers, nectar and leaves.
The triplets’ arrival is an excellent news for this species listed as Critically endangered by the IUCN Red List and whose very restricted range is limited to the primary forests of northeastern Madagascar, on Masoala peninsula. Threatened by hunting and habitat destruction due to illegal logging, the species, who prefers tall trees, is also victim of the frequent cyclones that hit the region.