Honolulu Zoo announces birth of endangered ring-tailed lemur

July 4, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — A member of an endangered lemur species was born at the Honolulu Zoo, officials said.

The ring-tailed lemur was born June 10 to 4-year-old mother Remi and 3-year-old father Finn, Hawaii News Now reported Wednesday.

“The Honolulu Zoo is very excited to have a newborn lemur as the parents are part of a captive breeding program and help further one of the zoo’s main missions: conservation,” said zoo director Linda Santos.

The adult lemurs arrived separately at the zoo on Oahu in fall 2018 with hopes they would bear offspring, officials said.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Ring-Tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan helped bring the breeding pair to the zoo, officials said.

The lemurs are on display at the zoo’s Primate Islands attraction.

“Baby and mother are doing well and are currently separated from the father as Remi is very protective of her baby,” Santos said. “The family will be reunited when Remi is ready.”

Lemurs are recognizable by their black-and-white banded tails that are about 2 feet (0.61 meters) long.

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as endangered and only live in the wild in Madagascar.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature says lemurs are among the world’s most endangered mammals.

As of 2013, up to 90% of lemur species faced extinction within 20 to 25 years, the organization said.

The main threats to lemurs include hunting, trapping, logging, wood harvesting, and the conversion of forests into agricultural land, the group said.


Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/