Ring-Tailed Lemur Twins Starting to Venture Off of Mom

The ring-tailed lemur twins born on March 25th are growing up fast, and are even starting to get off mama and play with each other.

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Play is a rehearsal for what they need to do in their adult life, so wrestling is for learning combat skills and running around after each other is good practice for avoiding predators. They still run back to mom after all that activity, however, and climb up on her back. Or, one will take the “jockey” position and the other will cling to her belly for nursing privileges.

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Their two older brothers Howie and Finnegan are delighted with their new, tiny siblings, and occasionally try to run off with them when they do venture off. Mother Cairrean has an opinion about that, and chases them down and cuffs their ears as discipline for stealing her newest charges, before abruptly taking them back.

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The twins still spend a lot of time perched on mama’s back, surveying the world from the safety of her fur. They startle at grackles, seem astounded at the Madagascar big-headed turtles when they move, and look to the protection of their mother when a Life Flight helicopter flies over their exhibit. Everything is new and interesting right now and they still have a lot to learn!

Check out this video and see if you can spot both babies. It’s not easy…



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Our corpse flower named "Reek" is showing signs of life! Our horticulture team is monitoring its progress daily for smells of death...

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Shelby ColeWhen is it supposed to bloom?

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Martha VillasenorWhere in the zoo is reek located ? Is it somewhere visible we could see it..

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Tammy ErwinWhere in the Zoo is Reek located??? We don't want to miss getting a wiff of it.

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Trish McIntoshDoes Reek have her own page? Lois at HMNS was hugely popular a few years ago.

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Rebecca Ann ColeSally Nergaard remember when you and Kevy went and saw this flower in bloom?

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Casey Jones"You are not Reek, you are Theon Greyjoy!"

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Angelique RodriguezI've always wanted to see one of these up close!!! ( and of course smell it he he)

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Rachel PossoHa! Love the name.

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Lauren CoxDanny Rubalcava Houston has one now too.. maybe we should get one for the back yard..

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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Nicki StacySaw this last week, looking forward to updates!

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Neva KloeselRoni Hopkins Glasgow LOOK, Another one!! Be sure to share with your sister!! ;)

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Kayla RichardMelissa Shewbert take the daycare kids to smell this lol

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