It’s a girl! Madi the ring-tailed lemur was born to mother Kyna and father Ombe on September 22. The baby is doing well and will be on exhibit for the rest of the season, weather permitting.
You may think most animal babies are born in the spring, but lemurs are typically born in the fall. Their breeding season occurs in April and gestation lasts 4-5 months. Ring-tailed lemurs are born with lots of hair and with eyes wide open. At first, the baby clings to its mother’s chest, but later it will ride on her back. The young are independent after six months.
You can help support the care of Madi and other zoo animals by adopting a lemur. (Classic animal adoptions are only $35!)
Madi is short for “Madagascar,” the home of ring-tailed lemurs in the wild. Less than 10% of Madagascar’s forest cover remains and due to this drastic loss of habitat, ring-tailed lemurs are an endangered species.
Zoo babies are sponsored by Lutheran Children’s Hospital. Click on the photos to enlarge: