Adorable Lemur Babies at Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo welcomed four adorable additions to its primate family: black-and-white ruffed lemur babies born to 9-year-old Kiaka and 10-year-old Huey on 2/21/16. The fluffy litter mates weigh a combined one-third of a pound and can be distinguished by their unique markings and hair coloration. Their mother Kiaka arrived at Philadelphia Zoo in 2011 with a breeding recommendation. Her unrepresented genetics make her the most valuable breeding female of her species in the country.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are listed as Critically Endangered in their native home of Madagascar by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to poaching and habitat loss. This birth is important one for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan for black and white ruffed lemurs. Species Survival Plans seek to maintain genetically viable populations of endangered species into the future.
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