Congratulations! Staff was happily surprised on Easter Sunday, March 27th, when mongoose lemur Kikeli gave birth to a healthy infant! After three weeks baby is already climbing around on mom and investigating its surroundings, including dad Felix and older brother Mateo. While the baby’s curiosity has it moving around more, Kikeli is quick to protect it from possible threats including nosy big brothers and wayward leaves.
Mongoose lemurs are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List with an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future. In addition to their important role in conservation, education, and research, Kikeli, Felix, and all the mongoose lemurs at LCF involved in our managed breeding program function as a genetic safety net against possible extinction in the wild.