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Baby lemurs welcome in the Spring in Vienna

Springtime at Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna has been warmly welcomed in with new arrivals in the Lemur family.

Three newborn lemur weighing around 70 grams came in the world in mid March and have now found their way to their mother's backs, adopting the piggyback position, after spending the first few days of life clinging to their mother's stomach.

Lemurs are native only to the island of Madagascar but the population there has shrunk by about a quarter in 25 years and many born in European zoos are bred under a studbook programme to help improve the population.

Baby lemurs stick close by to their mum, who take on the sole responsibility in rearing pups, and are suckled for about half a year. After the first month they also begin to nibble on fruits and vegetables.

Ring tailed lemurs are very sociable animals and are always found to gather in groups, whilst sleeping, searching for food or even sunbathing.

Find out more about visiting the baby lemurs and other animals in Vienna's zoo by visiting
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