The Lemur Conservation Foundation is extremely excited to announce the birth of an endangered collared brown lemur- the first infant born at the reserve in 2022!
The infant, born on May 2 to parents Isabelle and Olivier, is only the fifth collared lemur born at LCF in our 26 year history! This is the second infant born to Isabelle and Olivier following the birth of their son Voltaire in April 2021. Isabelle quickly adapted to the presence of her youngest offspring, taking on the mantle of motherhood once again. Isabelle is highly protective over this infant, not allowing her partner or staff to approach too closely without first giving a wary side-eye.
Now a little over a month old, this infant is starting to explore their surroundings with an eager curiosity barely tampered by Izzy’s protectiveness. Izzy’s best technique to minimize her infant’s movements is to settle into a milk crate attached to the ceiling in her enclosure, thus ensuring her infant can’t scamper away. Not to be deterred, this little one instead spends extensive time climbing all over mom instead.
Collared lemurs are listed as Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List with a high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future. In addition to their important role in #conservation, education, and research, Isabelle, Olivier, and all the collared lemurs at LCF involved in our managed breeding program serve as a genetic safety net against possible extinction in the wild.