4 critically endangered black & white ruffed lemurs born at Florida zoo

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The Jacksonville Zoo is celebrating the births of four new baby brothers.

The adorable black and white ruffed lemurs were born May 19. It is the third litter for the parents, Hawk and Potter since 2015.

Since they are all boys, they are more likely to get to stay together longer, the zoo said. Female lemur offspring become incompatible with mom around 2-years-old. 

“All of the little guys are nursing well and, because Hawk has such a calm disposition and trust in her keepers, she is allowing care staff to obtain regular weights to confirm their development,” the zoo said in a news release.

Black and white ruffed lemurs are native only to the island of Madagascar. They are critically endangered in the wild due to habitat loss from deforestation. 

The family will be bonding behind-the-scenes for the immediate future while the infants grow. 

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