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Twin baby lemurs born at the Honolulu Zoo

Remi with her new twin
babies on Primate Island.

HONOLULU – The Honolulu Zoo is happy to announce the birth of twin ring-tailed lemurs on April 18, Easter Sunday. The twins are the offspring of parents Remi, a five-year-old female, and Finn, a four-year-old male. Their 10-month old brother, Clark, was born at the Honolulu Zoo on June 10, 2019. Both parent lemurs arrived separately at the Honolulu Zoo in the fall of 2018 with hopes of bearing offspring.

“The Honolulu Zoo is pleased and excited to have twin newborn lemurs to expand our lemur collection and help further the conservation of this endangered species,” said Honolulu Zoo Director Linda Santos. “Both babies and mother are doing well together with the entire family.” 

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as endangered and can only be found living in the wild in Madagascar. They are recognized for their approximate two-foot long black and white banded tails. The gestation period for lemurs is approximately 4.5 months.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers lemurs to be the world's most endangered mammals, noting that as of 2013, up to 90 percent of all lemur species face extinction within the next 20 to 25 years. Their main threats are hunting and trapping, logging and wood harvesting, and converting forests into agricultural land. The Honolulu Zoo worked together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Ring-Tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP) to bring the breeding pair to the zoo.

The five lemurs are living at the Honolulu Zoo’s Primate Islands. The zoo remains closed at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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