Birth of Red-ruffed Lemur twins
How can we resist the adorable face of our Red-ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra) twins born about three weeks ago?
Their mother is a very experienced female: this is her 5th litter since 2014. In total she already gave birth to a dozen of infants among which two sets of triplets in 2017 and 2018.
The sex of the youngsters hasn’t yet been determined. They’re growing peacefully within their family group and are already very active. They also grow very fast since at 4-months old, they will reach ¾ of their adult weight!
Like all other lemurs, the Red-ruffed are extremely endangered in Madagascar.
Listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, they live in northeastern Madagascar in an area where deforestation is occurring at an unprecedented rate, thus gradually depriving them of their natural habitat.
La Palmyre Zoo supports their conservation through the action of the GERP and Antongil NGO who transfer individuals isolated in doomed forest patches to protected areas. A breeding program in the process of being established in Madagascar also plans to carry out future reintroductions in these protected areas.