One of the small lemurs born on July 16 with his mother Minnie (right) at the Singapore Zoo. - AFP

It is one of the most endangered species on the planet. And now she has two new specimens. Two lemurs of the species "Maki vari roux" were born recently in the zoo of Singapore, announced on Thursday officials, who describe an exceptional birth.

The last birth of a Red Vari, a primate endemic to Madagascar, at the Singapore zoo dates back more than a decade, said the Singapore Wildlife Reserve. The arrival of the twins, who have not yet been given a name, is "really special", because primates only breed once a year, the same source said.

Final health examination and microchipping for one of the two small lemurs born at the Singapore zoo in July. - AFP

The last birth at the zoo dates from 2009

Red Varis are recognizable by their characteristic rust color, with black face, hands, feet and tail, as well as a distinctive white patch on the head. The last primate of this species to be born in the Singapore Zoo is Bosco, the father of the twins, eleven years ago. The mother, Minnie, eight, arrived in Singapore from a Japanese zoo in 2016. Although baby lemurs were born earlier this year, they only became an attraction recently, as the zoo was closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Threatened among others by hunting and logging, the Red variety maki are classified as “critically endangered” on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Of the 107 species of lemurs remaining in Madagascar, some 103 are threatened, including 33 "critically endangered" - the last step before "extinction in the wild", warned last month the Reserve of the fauna and flora of Singapore.


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