Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo, by Robin Winkelman
Visitors can see the newest little lemurs at the Saint Louis Zoo. Triplet black and white ruffed lemurs were born on May 14, 2013, and are now on display at the zoo's primate house.
Black and white ruffed lemurs are critically endangered species unique to Madagascar. This birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Ruffed Lemur Species Survival Plan, a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white ruffed lemurs in North American zoos.
“We’ve given the infants Malagasy names to emphasize their role in raising awareness of their species’ status in the wild. We hope that the male Zanahary (“ancestral spirits”), females Andriana (“noble rank”) and Vintana (“destiny”) will engage all of us to work toward reversing the species’ potential destiny of extinction to one of continued survival in Madagascar’s rainforests,” said Ingrid Porton, Saint Louis Zoo’s curator of primates.
The family of five is joined by older brother Fidy, 4, and sister Naissance, 3, and can be seen together at the Zoo’s Primate House. The infants have more than tripled their birth weights of 3, 3.5 and 4 ounces. They were born to 7-year-old mother Lulu and approximately 20-year-old father Mahery.
The Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110. Call 314-781-0900.