Our ring-tailed lemur troop continues to grow this year! Mom Teagan gave birth to healthy twins on May 7. We know at least one of the babies is an adventurous male, who seems a bit more independent than his sibling, who so far has been staying close to mom. Both infants are doing well and growing fast.
Teagan is a caring and attentive mother to her newborns. You’ll often see them clinging to mom as she moves around the lemur habitat in Forests, though Zookeepers have already seen the babies playing nearby while mom watches closely. Bree, Teagan’s mother, and Owyn, Teagan’s half-brother, have also stepped in to watch after the babies at times.
Native to the southern parts of Madagascar, ring-tailed lemurs live in large social groups called troops which range in size from 15 to 20 individuals led by a dominant female. Following a pregnancy that usually lasts about 20 weeks, females using give birth to a single infant, though twins like our newcomers do occur on occasion. For the first few weeks, the tiny newborn will cling to mom’s belly for protection then start climbing around to ride piggyback on mom as she travels through the forest. After a month, babies will begin spending more time exploring off of mom and becoming more independent.
You can now see our new family at the lemur habitat playing and spending time with the rest of their group. Zoo Babies are presented by Hendricks Regional Health.
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