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Sacramento Zoo Welcomes New Lemurs

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SACRAMENTO –

The Sacramento Zoo has welcomed two new fuzzy creatures into the world.

Two black and white ruffed lemurs and a mongoose lemur were born May 27 and June 9 respectively.

The black and white ruffed lemurs have been growing quickly in an off-exhibit area with their mom. Ruffed lemurs are the only primates that keep their young in nests instead of carrying them.

All mongoose lemur infants are born with the same coloration but male mongoose lemurs change colors within six to eight months. These infants are carried around the mother’s waist and weaned between five and seven months.

Both species of lemur are only native to the island of Madagascar off the southern coast of Africa and are critically endangered species.