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Monarto Safari Welcome First Lemur Infants for New Group

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: November 29, 2021 5:11 pm

Monarto Safari Park Bison and Lemurs

A ring-tailed lemur infant clings to mom in the trees at Monarto Safari Park

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

Monarto Safari Park have welcomed a trio of ring-tailed lemur infants to their newly established conspiracy (group). They have also welcomed two American bison calves bringing the herd up to 13 members.

The three new ring-tailed lemur pups are currently spending their time clinging to mom until they reach around four months old.

Mother's Debbie and Lilo gave birth within a few days of each other. Lilo has welcomed twins, a common occurrence in lemurs. They are now two months old.

Monarto Safari Park Bison and Lemurs

An American bison calf stands with its mother at Monarto Safari Park

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

The lemur family arrived to live in their new home at Monarto Safari Park from Queensland in August 2020. They have taken up residence in the walk-through lemur habitat in the park's new Wild Africa zone.

Wild Africa will become the home of herds of roaming African animals which guests will be able to experience from open-air safari vehicles or while staying in the new hotel being developed by Gerry Ryan.

The new area, including the lemur habitat, is scheduled to open in 2022.

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Keeper, Amy Nelson, said the group also includes Debbie’s mother, Blossom, who has enjoyed her newfound Grandma status helping out with the little ones.

 

“It’s been very heart-warming because the pups have really brought the group together,” she said.

 

“They’ve all been looking after the pups and taking it in turns sharing the motherly duties.”

The pups are becoming more adventurous and have now been spotted climbing through the trees.

Monarto Safari Park Bison and Lemurs

A ring-tailed lemur infant clings to mom in the trees at Monarto Safari Park

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

American bison Erika celebrated her third birthday with an early present of a calf. She welcomed this on November 16th 2021. Her calf is a female which is yet to be named.

Four year old bison Rose welcomed her female calf which as been named Molly on November 16th 2021. The father of both calves is known as Derek.

Keeper, Jeff Lewis, said both bison have been excellent mums and the herd has been very interested in their new additions.


“They have all been very sweet with them,” he said. “Both mums have been great from the start, as soon as Molly was born Rose was licking and cleaning her, shooing the others away.”


“The calves have been very playful and they are quite confident already.”

Learn more about Ring-Tailed Lemurs here – Ring-Tailed Lemur Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about American Bison here – American Bison Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Monarto Safari Park on their website – Monarto Safari Park

Monarto Safari Park Bison and Lemurs

An American bison calf stands with its mother at Monarto Safari Park

Photo Credit: Zoos SA

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