Thursday 29 September 2016

Three endangered red ruffed lemur babies born at Dublin Zoo

Published 03/06/2015 | 12:45

Dublin Zoo celebrates the birth of 3 red ruffed lemur babies (Patrick Bolger)
Dublin Zoo celebrates the birth of 3 red ruffed lemur babies (Patrick Bolger)
Dublin Zoo celebrates the birth of 3 red ruffed lemur babies (Patrick Bolger)

Dublin Zoo has welcomed the arrival of three male red ruffed lemur babies.

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The new pups bring the number of the endangered troop at Phoenix Park to seven - a significant achievement for the team at Dublin Zoo and the international breeding programme.

Listed as being critically endangered after a dramatic decline in population in recent decades, the red ruffed lemur is largely restricted to rainforest in north-east Madagascar in the wild.

They generally live in groups of two to 16 animals and communication through a very loud mechanical sounding call and scent markings.

Commenting on the new arrivals, team leader Ciaran McMahon said; “Red ruffed lemurs are one of the most endangered of all lemurs. The birth of three babies at Dublin Zoo is hugely significant and definitely something to celebrate! We are delighted to report that our new arrivals are strong and healthy and are nosily exploring their habitat on red ruffed lemur island”.

To see the new-born red ruffed lemur babies venture out into their new habitat for the very first time, tune in to The Zoo at 7pm on Thursday, June 4 on RTÉ One.

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