Meet Sassy and her infant! Sassy’s sister, Sobe, is wearing the pink collar. Sarsaparilla, known as Sassy around LCF, and Sobe are each first time mothers this year. The twin sisters, transferred in 2013 from the Duke Lemur Center, had infants with sire Molson on May 9th and May 21st. Although Sarsaparilla and Sobe are both first time mothers, they are doing an exceptional job at caring for their newborns.
Ansell gave birth to a set of twins on May 24th 2014. She and their sire, Yuengling, also produced twin girls in 2013.
All four infants are part of family groups living in multi-acre forest habitats at LCF. This gives researchers and care staff the opportunity to observe maternal and infant behavior in a naturalistic setting.
Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to a largely restricted habitat, habitat destruction and hunting. With rapidly declining wild populations, colonies such as ours, and our participation in managed breeding programs, play an important role in the continued survival of the species.
For more information about lemurs visit our website at www.lemurreserve.org