The Lemur Conservation Foundation is extremely excited to announce the birth of a critically endangered mongoose lemur- the fourth infant born at the reserve this year!
Our newest addition to the LCF colony joined experienced parents Leena and Merced on June 9. This is the pair’s seventh infant since Leena’s arrival at LCF in 2014 on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). At six weeks old, the infant is transitioning to riding on mom’s back and is starting to explore its surroundings, including older brothers Lonzo and LaMelo.
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, Leena, Merced, and all the lemurs at LCF involved in our managed breeding program serve as a genetic safety net against possible extinction in the wild.