The 3 weeks old baby lemur was born after 130 days of gestation. It’s still spending its days hanging on its mother’s belly. You can check out the new animal in the Zoo of Nyíregyháza. Visitors can already visit the recently born yellow-bearded lemur (Lemur fulvus mayottensis) of the Nyíregyháza Animal Park. The mite’s nutrition is breast milk, but in 2-3 weeks, it will also taste solid fodder crops, which will consist of vegetables, sweet fruits and leaves. LEMUR FULVUS MAYOTTENSIS The yellow-bearded lemurs belong to the family of brown lemurs and they represent a separate sub-species. Their Latin name refers to many things, so the word mayottensis suggests that their natural habitat is located on the island of Mayotte, about 400 kilometers away from Madagascar. Their family name, Lemur, comes from the word lemures (ghosts). The first European explorers who met them thought that they were ghosts, because they only heard their cry and saw their bright yellow eyes in the dark.
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The almost continuously moving primates spend most of their time in the foliage. Still, occasionally they go down to the ground and search for food. They are very clean, taking care of each other’s fur, not only of the small ones’. Four lower incisors and two canines form a so-called tooth-comb. On their second finger of their back limb they’re wearing claws. They remove loose hairs and potential parasites with these instruments from one another. ZOO OF NYÍREGYHÁZA The only breeding team in the country seems to be very successful as an offspring is born every year. With this little thing now, there are 9 members in the special lemur team. The half-monkeys can be seen from very close up in the Lemur Forest of the park, as guests can enter their territory. The animals live in a common catwalk with huge land-reptiles, spurred tortoises. Looking from the forest, the world’s largest land-mammals, African elephants can be seen by visitors.
Special zebra foal, Grevy’s zebra has been born in the African panorama of Sosto Zoo. Delivery was smooth without complication, no assistance of either the keepers or the vets was needed. The now 9 days old calf stood on its legs right after birth and was able to walk even at its age of 1 hour. Lucy will be nursed until she will be 7 months old but will have a taste of its solid menu consisting mainly of fibrous fodder after its first month. It is apparent that the calf enjoys the outside enclosure where it plays and runs with great vigour. She will reach maturity for the age of four years when she is likely to be sent to another European zoo by the species coordinator.
Grevy’s zebra is exhibited in our zoo since 2008 when Füles, the male arrived from Germany within the framework of the European Endangered Species Programmes. His females arrived to the African exhibit system in 2013 from Polish and Czech zoos.
Grevy’s zebra is the largest among zebra species and it is the largest wild equid on Earth. There are only 2000 specimens living in their natural habitat and are endangered by habitat loss and expansion of grazing. They can be found only on dry grasslands of Southern Ethiopia and Kenya in decreasing number. In contrary to other zebras, this species does not form stable herds. Specimens of different sexes get together by chance.
This species can be easily distinguished from the others – the plain and the mountain zebras – because Grevy’s belly is white and the stripe on its back along the spine is surrounded by white. Its ears are also much bigger. The species was named after Jules Grévy, French president of the 19th century to whom such an animal was given by Abyssinia.
Sóstó Zoo is a real curiosity for the fans of zebra species, because beside the Grevy’s zebras, 2 subspecies of the plain zebra, namely the Grant and Chapman zebras can be seen in another enclosure.