Guest post submitted by Catherine Olteanu, Lemur Conservation Foundation.
Sobe and Sassy, meet Molson!
Two ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) breeding pairs are among the eight approved breeding pairs for Lemur Conservation Foundation‘s colony this year.
One of our male ring-tailed lemurs, Molson, has a recommendation to breed with both Sobe and her twin sister Sarsaparilla (aka Sassy), two new additions at Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF). Sobe and Sassy arrived in the fall of 2013 from Duke Lemur Center as part of the Ring-tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP makes recommendations that maintain optimal populations in captive breeding programs.
Sobe, Sassy and Molson spent some time in our enclosures before being released into the forests together. You can watch them enter the forest for the first time in this video.
A Model Mother
Another pair of ring-tailed lemurs at LCF, Yuengling and Ansell, have been a recommended breeding pair for a few years. Ansell has already given birth to multiple, healthy offspring including a pair of female twins born in April 2013.
All of Ansell’s infants were born in LCF’s forests. She is an experienced mother that raised her offspring in the forests while also leading her troop, much like she would do in Madagascar – the only place in the world where lemurs live in the wild.
This chart shows the North American peak breeding and birth times for lemur pairs at Lemur Conservation Foundation.
|SPECIES||PEAK BREEDING SEASON||PEAK BIRTH SEASON|
|Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)||Oct-Dec||Mar-May|
|Red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra)||Jan-Feb||Apr-May|
|Collared lemur (Eulemur collaris)||Nov-Jan||Mar-May|
|Mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz)||Nov-Feb||Mar-June|
The Lemur Conservation Foundation
The Lemur Conservation Foundation, a 200 acre private reserve located in Myakka City, Florida, holds six species of lemurs, including ring-tails. Our free ranging colony lives in native forests in multi species groups much like they do in Madagascar. We are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of lemurs through captive breeding, education, art, observation based research, and partnerships. LCF is a managing member of The Madagascar Fauna Group and two species survival plans, including the SSP for lemur catta.