MIL-OSI Russia: Two cat lemur cubs born in Moscow Zoo

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Source: Moscow Government – Moscow Government

Two cubs have been born to a pair of cat lemurs in the Moscow Zoo. This is a special case, as usually the female gives birth to one baby.

The lemurs were born in early May. The animals are feeling well and, as is normal for this species, spend the first months of their lives on their mother’s chest and back. Their sex is not yet known – doctors do not want to stress the babies during the examination. The baby starts to descend from the mother’s paws and take its first steps at the age of one or two months, but when the mother moves, it immediately climbs back on her. From this age, the cub can be carried not only by the mother, but also by other members of the family, including older siblings, the father and other adult males.

“The cub’s independent walks become more frequent and more distant over time, but sleeping and feeding always take place in the arms of mom. After five months, milk feeding stops, the cub becomes much more independent and gradually switches to adult food,” said Svetlana Akulova, General Director of the Moscow Zoo.

Cat lemurs in the Moscow Zoo breed regularly. This is how the zoo contributes to the preservation of a rare species. The cubs then go to other zoos around the world, where they form their own families. For example, previous cubs from another group of cat lemurs have gone to the Minsk Zoo and to a branch of the Moscow Zoo in Veliky Ustyug.

Of all lemur species, feline lemurs are the most “daytime”, especially if they are not disturbed. They usually live in groups of six to 30 individuals. The groups consist of adult males and females. It is the females that have the predominant right to choose food or a mate. Their dominance over males is achieved without aggression. Among females, as well as among males, there is a hierarchy. Status disputes are solved with the help of so-called stink fights. Animals apply the secret of axillary glands to their tails and stick them out towards the opponent, while making loud sounds. Animals behave in a similar way during territorial conflicts with neighbors.

During rest, the animals sit next to each other and comb out the fur of their neighbors. Over time, the composition of the groups changes: young females usually stay here, while males, having matured, leave and join another group of lemurs. Adult males may also change residences.

There are no permanent pairs in cat lemurs. Males, fighting for females, also show their tails to each other, having previously treated them with the secretion of axillary glands. Females can reproduce annually. Pregnancy lasts about 135 days, the weight of the cub at birth is 80-120 grams.

The diet of cat lemurs is quite diverse: it includes fresh fruits and vegetables, various protein foods such as quail eggs, boiled meat, insects, nuts and seeds. The animals also receive special mineral supplements on a daily basis.

Cat lemurs are listed on the International Red List as a Near Threatened species. In the wild, they live exclusively in the south and southwest of Madagascar. In recent years, their numbers have been declining due to poaching.

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