Lemurs debut at National Zoo and Aquarium

Barcham 4 October 2013 1


This is Lily and her twin baby ring-tailed lemurs enjoying a meal.


The Lemurs have arrived as a part of a regional breeding program, reports ABC News.

Check out the ABC News story for more adorable lemur related videos.

“Lemurs are considered near-threatened in the wild,” said senior wildlife keeper Bec Scott.

“They’re found in only one place in the world [in the wild] which is the island of Madagascar.

“At this stage, these guys will probably stay here, but there is a possibility that at some point in their lives they may move off to another zoo to participate in their own breeding program.”

But the twins had a rough start and Ms Scott says zoo keepers were on hand to help out.

“When we came in in the morning, there were two babies on the ground and mum wasn’t paying a lot of attention to them,” she said.

“We’re not 100 per cent certain why, maybe something has stressed her out.

“We decided to intervene temporarily, take the babies out, have a look at them and make sure they were okay.

“Once they warmed up and had a bit of food in their belly these two have started to thrive.”

She says the babies and mum are now inseparable.

So there you go! More reasons why going to the zoo is awesome, so go to the zoo already!


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One Response to Lemurs debut at National Zoo and Aquarium
watto23 watto23 2:10 pm 06 Oct 13

oooh i love lemurs! I also have a meet-a-cheetah gift voucher (i’ve been saving for warmer months!)
I’m off to the zoo when i can get a booking for the cheetahs.

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