The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is proud to announce their first birth of the 2016 season- ring-tailed lemur twins! Ring-tailed lemur matriarch Ansell gave birth to two healthy babies on March 20th. These infants mark Ansell’s fourth set of twins in a row! Generally ring-tailed lemurs give birth to one offspring, but twins are possible when ample food is present, as it is in managed populations.
Ansell and the infants, along with father Yuengling and five older siblings- Rogue, Allagash, Duffy, Goose, and Darwin- are living in one of LCF’s semi-free ranging forests, allowing them to live as naturally as possible.
The ring-tailed lemur is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List with a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. LCF works with multiple Species Survival Plans (SSPs) to manage its breeding program and is the home of 51 lemurs, including 17 ring-tailed lemurs. Unlike a zoo, LCF is not open to the general public. Interested viewers are encouraged to monitor LCF’s social media channels for updates on these infants and the rest of their lemur colony.