One of our female mongoose lemurs, Emilia, gave birth on July 22, 2013 and the infant is growing up so fast.The baby is moving around, exploring and even trying to eat adult food! Emilia is an extremely caring and loving mother and is helping her baby develop into a smart and agile lemur.
Mongoose lemurs begin breeding season in October and peak breeding season is between November and February. Females usually give birth between March and June, so Emilia’s baby was born pretty late in the birthing season! Mongoose lemurs can give birth to one or two infants, which usually weighbetween55and 60grams.
While every lemur birth is important, the birth of 2 mongoose lemur infants this year on the reserve has great conservation significance. Silvio (our male mongoose infant born on March 24th, 2013) and Emilia’s infant were 2 of only 3 surviving mongoose lemur infants born in the United States this year at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions. Interestingly, the female that gave birth to the 3rd infant born this year is one of LCF’s lemurs that was sent to another institution for breeding purposes.
It is incredibly rewarding to work with these amazing animals everyday, but even more rewarding to know that the work of LCF is making a strong contribution to the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals.