Red ruffed lemur joy

15 July 2016

Delight at the birth of a critically endangered Red ruffed lemur.

We're extremely proud to introduce the latest and youngest addition to our collection, a Red ruffed lemur named Rua, which means 'red-haired' in Irish.

Red ruffed lemurs are listed as critically endangered in the wild and are only found in tropical rainforests of Madagascar. Rua is part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme, we're overjoyed at her birth and progress. Head keeper Lisa Smith said:

"Up until now Rua has been quite shy, hiding in a bush in her enclosure, but in the last few days she has started to come out and explore, with her mum Manja and dad Red keeping a very close eye on her."

Madagascar holds 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. However, deforestation has resulted in many species being put at great risk: of the 71 surviving lemur species in Madagascar, 64% are endangered or vulnerable. Red ruffed lemurs are mainly fruit-eaters but also enjoy other vegetation such as flowers, seeds, nectar and leaves.

Check out how we are helping to plant and protect hundreds of hectares of indigenous forest in Madagascar, improving management of natural resources and protecting endangered lemur species.