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Sunday 23 July 2017

Zoo celebrating birth of endangered red lemurs

The red ruffed lemur pups get used to their surroundings in Dublin Zoo
The red ruffed lemur pups get used to their surroundings in Dublin Zoo

Ian Begley

Dublin Zoo is holding a special event to celebrate the birth of two red ruffed lemur pups which are one of the most endangered of their species.

Workers at the zoo have described the arrival of the brother and sister as "hugely significant" and they join the troop of seven red ruffed lemurs already in place.

Proud parents Pierre and Fifi welcomed the pups on April 25.

The species is listed as being critically endangered after a significant decline in population mainly due to habitat loss and hunting. In the wild, the distribution of red ruffed lemurs is restricted to rainforest in north-east Madagascar.

The zoo will mark their birth with its 'Long Live Lemurs' weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Team leader at the zoo Ciaran McMahon said: "Red ruffed lemurs are one of the most endangered of all lemurs. The birth of two youngsters at Dublin Zoo is hugely significant.

"We are delighted to report that our new arrivals are healthy and have adapted seamlessly to their surroundings."

Irish Independent

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