SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Zoo has announced the birth of a male red ruffed lemur.
“Today, we’re excited to introduce the 1st baby born at our facility in 13 years,” zoo staff wrote on Facebook Wednesday.
The little lemur was born on May 18 at the San Diego Zoo’s behind-the-scenes Primate Propagation Center. More than 100 red ruffed lemurs have been born at the zoo since 1965. That success is attributed to the Zoo’s Primate Propagation Center, a facility specifically designed for breeding lemurs.
The infant has been gaining about one-third of an ounce a day and is getting more active and aware of his surroundings. Although he currently weighs only 6.6 ounces, red ruffed lemur babies grow up fast. During his first month, keepers expect him to be exploring outside of his nest, with first-time mom Morticia watching closely.
You can see the red ruffed family — and the rest of the Zoo’s amazing lemurs — when the new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit area opens in summer 2017.