Who’s the daddy?
We are pleased to announce the arrival of a beautiful Red-ruffed lemur! The female named Eka has joined Nero and Fano, two brothers, who have been waiting for a lady to romance!
Eka made the long journey to Shaldon from Poland to be with the boys, and after a short period to settle in she was introduced to them, and they hit it off immediately!
Julie Matthews, Education and Research Officer for the Trust said ‘unusually in primates it is the female lemur who is dominant to the males, this means that Eka can choose her suitor and early indications are that she seems to have a preference for Fano, maybe it’s his fantastic fur, maybe it’s his raucous repertoire, but we think it might be his outstanding orange eyes! The boys are brothers so there is no concern if she uses the woman’s prerogative and changes her mind as they have the same genetics’
Red-ruffed lemurs, from the island of Madagascar, are critically endangered with the principal threats being habitat loss and hunting. They are facing extinction in the wild, so it is vitally important for zoos to work together to maintain a genetic safety net for this species. Like many animals at Shaldon zoo, Red-ruffed lemurs are part of a managed breeding programme, which is the main focus of the zoos work.
Shaldon zoo has a long history of successful breeding of this species and if Eka produces offspring it will the first babies born here for over a decade! Ruffed lemurs are very vocal, as many visitors to the zoo and Shaldon residents will know and we hope that soon Fano will have something to shout about!