Red-ruffed lemur born at Dublin Zoo returned to native land of Madagascar as part of international breeding programme

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Red-ruffed lemur born at Dublin Zoo returned to native land of Madagascar as part of international breeding programme

Monday, 26 March 2018

Registrar/Research and Conservation Coordinator Sandra Molloy told Zoo Matters that Rebecca, the female red ruffed lemur, was born in Dublin Zoo in June 2013. "In May 2016, Dublin Zoo was contacted by the red ruffed lemur European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) asking if we would be willing to send Rebecca to a zoo in Madagascar,” Sandra explained. "Lemuria Land, which is based in north Madagascar, had received advice and training via the EEP on caring for red ruffed lemurs, so we felt confident that Rebecca would be well looked after.” In July 2016, Rebecca was moved to Paris Zoo for quarantine and it was in Paris that she met the male, Ikoto, from Zoo de la Palmyre. Both lemurs were moved to Lemuria Land in September 2016. “They have settled in well and it is hoped they will be the start of a breeding programme for this critically-endangered species in Madagascar,” Sandra said. "This breeding programme will play a vital role in educating Malagasy people about their own wonderful wildlife and Rebecca’s descendants may one day be reintroduced back into the wild.” 

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