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Red luffed lemurs born at Henry Doorly Zoo

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 13:35:03-04

Two red ruffed lemurs were born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on May 8. The weight and sex of the lemurs is unknown. 

“This birth is very important to the Red ruffed lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP) and to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium,” said Christie Eddie, curator of small mammals at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Red ruffed lemur SSP coordinator. “Not only was this an animal care success, due to the animal care team’s ability to regularly monitor estrus and to voluntarily ultrasound the female, but it was also a genetic success, retaining the previously unrepresented genes of this 31-year old male.”

Red ruffed lemurs are an endangered species and red ruffed lemur SSP manages 185 animals in 47 facilities. 

The mother is 7-year-old Hoskins and 31-year-old Lynx, both first-time parents. All four lemurs are free to roam between their habitat or their off-exhibit area.