The Bronx Zoo just debuted 3 newborn lemurs and they’re adorable

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Three new lemur babies now call the Bronx Zoo home.

Two ring-tailed lemurs and one brown-collared lemur were born earlier this month and now reside with their mothers at the Madagascar! exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo. Lemurs are small primates called “prosimians,” or “pre-primates.”

Their habitat depicts the Malagasy Spiny Forest, which they share with critically endangered radiated tortoises and several spices of birds. Since the young lemurs cling tightly to their mothers and snuggle into their fur, guests have to observe closely to catch a glimpse.

Here are some images of the newborns at the zoo:


Lemurs are facing disappearing habitats in the African island nation of Madagascar — the only part of the world where lemurs are naturally found in the wild.

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Ring tailed lemurs, native to the forests and bush in the south and southwestern portions of the island, are very social and live in large matriarchal groups.

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Despite being competent climbers, they spend a lot of their time on the ground.

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For the first few weeks of their lives, the young will ride on their mothers’ chest and back. Even though they begin to move around on their own within two-to-four weeks, they remain close to their mother.

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Brown-collared lemurs are native to the tropical forests of southeastern Madagascar.

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Their long tails help them balance when leaping through the dense forest canopy.

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Unlike other lemur species, they live in groups of males and females that are not matriarchal.

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For the first few months of their lives, newborn collared lemurs will typically hide in their mothers’ fur and ride on their back.

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Both ring-tailed and brown-collared lemurs are classified as “endangered” by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In fact, due to devastating loss of habitat to human activity including charcoal production and slash-and-burn agriculture, all lemur species are in trouble.

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The three newborn lemurs are an example of the success the Bronx Zoo has seen so far with its breeding programs. Welcome to the world, baby lemurs!

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