Shaldon Wildlife Trust just welcomed three adorable red-ruffed lemurs.
The proud parents, Eka and Nero, just had their 4th set of babies. They have proven to be an excellent breeding pair. The three babies are doing well, and their mother has brought them out to enjoy the sun.
Lemurs are native to Madagascar. They prefer to reside in deep and thick forests as their chestnut skins are more suited for wet and cold canopies.
Furthermore, they can weigh up to nine pounds. Red-ruffed lemurs are the largest of all the lemurs.
An interesting service that they provide is pollination. When they feed, pollen often sticks to the fur around their face. As a result, this gets transported to other trees when they move around. Moreover, the females have litters of infants. Lemurs normally have their infants cling to their bellies or their backs. However, this species leaves their babies in nests when they step out.
The number of babies in a litter can go up to six. Nonetheless, litters of two and four are more common.
Their vocals are definitely noteworthy, as their loud calls can be heard from half-mile away. Another interesting fact is that they are rather clean animals. They spend a lot of time grooming themselves.
In the wild, they can live up to 20 years. Whereas, in captivity, the average age is 25 years. Ruffed lemurs are most active during the morning and the evenings.
Red-ruffed lemurs are critically endangered. The main reason for this is hunting and habitat loss as is the case for most animals. The threat to the species is very serious and they can be completely extinct in the coming years.
Thus, any efforts being made by zoos for red-ruffed lemurs should be appreciated. As the threat to this species is getting worse by the day.
Resultantly, this is a success story for Shaldon Wildlife Trust after all. We wish Eka, Nero and their infants live a healthy life.