Thursday, June 01, 2006

Three Endangered Lemurs Born At Sacramento Zoo

The Sacramento zoo has three new fuzzy friends.

One female and two male black and white ruffed lemurs were discovered in their “nest” on the morning of April 23, says the zoo. The endangered offspring were born to the seven-year-old first-time mother, who is taking exceptional care of her offspring. The baby lemurs’ father is also seven-years-old.

According to the zoo, the black and white ruffed lemurs are one of the few primate species to be successfully reintroduced back into the wild. The first release took place in 1997 when five, zoo-born lemurs were released into the Betamona Natural Reserve in eastern Madagascar. Several more releases have been made since then into this protected area.

Story here.

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