Baby lemurs on display at Bronx Zoo

- Three new baby lemurs have made their public debut at the Bronx Zoo's Madagascar! exhibit.

Two ring-tailed lemurs and one brown collared lemur were born in late March, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which participates in a breeding program with other zoos.

The lemurs live in a habitat that includes radiated tortoises, vasa parrots, red fodies, grey-headed lovebirds, and ground doves, the WCS said.

"Brown collared lemurs are native to the tropical forests of southeastern Madagascar. Ring tailed lemurs are native to the forests and bush in the south and southwestern portions of the island," the WCS said in a news release. "Their habitats are being destroyed by human activity including charcoal production and slash-and-burn agriculture."

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies ring-tailed lemurs and brown collared lemurs as "Endangered" in the wild.

The Wildlife Conservation Society's mission is to save "wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature," according to its website. In addition to the Bronx Zoo, its flagship property, WCS runs the Prospect Park Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Queens Zoo, and the Central Park Zoo.

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