Three rare red-ruffed lemurs born at the National Zoo are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Three rare red-ruffed lemurs were born April 5 to 6-year-old mother Molly at the National Zoo’s Small Mammals House. Native to the northeastern deciduous forests of Madagascar, red-ruffed lemurs are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to deforestation, hunting and trapping for the pet trade. Molly has been bred with the Zoo’s 7-year-old red-ruffed lemur brothers, Coronado and Cortez, in accordance with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.
Red-ruffed lemur females usually give birth to three young, although they can have up to six young in one litter. Unlike most primates who carry their offspring with them, red-ruffed lemurs typically leave their young in nests while they search for food. Animal care staff check the nest every day and have observed Molly nursing and carrying the babies, which appear to be healthy and strong. Zoo veterinarians will perform a complete physical exam on the lemurs and determine their sexes in the next few weeks.
Posted: 22 April 2016