Audubon Zoo's animal family has grown with the addition of two black-and-white ruffed lemurs—twins Gidro (male) and Maki (female) were born April 22 at Audubon Zoo and are now actively exploring their surroundings!
Audubon's lemur parents are a male and female couple who met at the Zoo! Gascar, the male, arrived from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO while Tahiri hails from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX. Making their debut in the World of Primates exhibit Gascar and Tahiri have quickly become popular with their striking good looks and unique vocalizations that draw a crowd. But these animals are more than just a pretty face—they raise awareness for their species and help Audubon educate our diverse audience about the natural world.
These critically endangered animals are native to the eastern rain forests of Madagascar. They have few natural predators but their numbers are declining in the wild because logging and farming are destroying their natural habitat.