Madi the ring-tailed lemur is now six weeks old and looks like a mini-me version of her mother. Born to first-time parents Ombe and Kyna, baby Madi is doing well and growing larger and more independent each day.
“Madi is starting to move off of mom and showing interest in the things around her,” stated zoo keeper Helena Lacey. “She’s doing great and hitting all the milestones that she should.”
An upcoming milestone is weaning from mother’s milk to solid food. Lacey says that while zoo keepers haven’t observed Madi eating any solid food, the interest is there. “We haven’t seen her eat anything yet but she has been reaching for the objects around her, including food.” Lemurs munch on fruit, leaves, bark, flowers, grass, and tree sap. The zoo’s lemurs also get corn on the cob as part of their diet.
Madi is short for Madagascar, the home of endangered ring-tailed lemurs in the wild.
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