We could all use some good news.
And what‘s better than news that two adorable twin ring-tailed lemurs were born at the Honolulu Zoo on April 18?
The lemurs are the offspring of 5-year-old female Remi and 4-year-old male Finn—both brought to the zoo in fall 2018. Their 10-month-old brother, Clark, was born at the zoo in June 2019.
These two new additions—no names yet!—now make a total of five lemurs at the 42-acre zoo.
“The Honolulu Zoo is pleased and excited to have twin newborn lemurs to expand our lemur collection and help further the conservation of this endangered species,” said Honolulu Zoo director Linda Santos. “Both babies and mother are doing well together with the entire family.”
Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as endangered and can only be found living in the wild in Madagascar. They are recognized for their approximate two-foot long black and white banded tails. The gestation period for lemurs is approximately 4.5 months.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers lemurs to be the world’s most endangered mammals, noting that as of 2013, up to 90% of all lemur species face extinction within the next 20 to 25 years. Their main threats are hunting and trapping, logging and wood harvesting, and converting forests into agricultural land. The Honolulu Zoo worked together with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Ring-Tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP) to bring the breeding pair to the zoo.
Unfortunately, you can’t visit the newborns right now. The zoo remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.