LCF celebrated two mongoose lemur births this breeding season. Critically Endangered, at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, this species is offered a chance of survival through LCF’s vital managed breeding program.
This year’s first infant joined mongoose lemur parents Leena and Merced on April 1. This is their fifth infant since Leena’s arrival at LCF in 2014 on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. Continuing the Spanish theme for our mongoose lemurs, we have named this little one Lonzo, meaning “noble and ready.” At three months old, he spends most of his time off of his mother and playing with his family.
Our second infant, born May 13, joined parents Emilia and Bimbini. This is the pair’s sixth infant together, and the 25th mongoose lemur born at LCF. At two months old, he or she is transitioning to riding on Emilia’s back and is starting to explore its surroundings, including older brother Rico. Determining the sex of an infant lemur takes a little time, and we look forward to updating you when we know if our new addition is a boy or a girl—and can then have a name.