Say hello to Foster, our new Ring-Tailed Lemur who is now living with London and Lorelei in our Tropical Building!
On a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), Foster was sent to us from the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Florida. Foster was born in April of 2017 to parents Ansell and Yuegling. Our hope is that Foster will get along well enough with the girls to produce some younglings of his own.
Ring-tailed lemurs have become the most populous lemur species in zoos worldwide, with more than 2,500 in captivity as of 2009. But in their wild home of Madagascar, with estimates of perhaps fewer than 2,000 individuals, they are critically endangered. This is due to habitat loss, poaching and hunting - factors which threaten all lemur species.
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