Ring-tailed lemur twins at Franklin Park Zoo!
These births come as part of the Ring-tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Zoo New England, the non-profit organization that manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., is an active participant in this program. SSPs are designed to maintain genetically diverse and demographically stable captive populations of species.
Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as a vulnerable species in their native Madagascar. This island off the southeast coast of Africa is the sole home of lemurs in the wild. Habitat destruction is the biggest threat to the survival of all lemur species.
Zoo New England has exhibited lemurs since the 1970s. Lemurs are noted for their wide-round eyes and their white and black, long banded tails. Ring-tailed lemurs are unusual in that they are active during the day. They inhabit dry brush, scrublands and closed canopy forests of Madagascar. These small primates are one of 22 species of lemurs, all of which share a common ancestry with Africa’s apes and monkeys.