Exciting news in BIOPARC Valenica in March 2015 with the birth of a red-fronted lemur. These mammals are only found in the wild in Madagascar and BIOPARC Valencia is the only place in Spain where they can be seen in captivity. After a pregnancy of 120 days, mother and child are doing well. The species is in danger of extinction but 60 are in captivity in Europe and there are now seven in Valencia
We hope that you will take this opportunity to visit BIOPARC to see the lemurs and all the other animals living in peace with nature
Red-fronted lemur. Eulemur rufus
The red-fronted lemur inhabits deciduous forests, and is the only lemur found on both the eastern and western coasts of Madagascar. This lemur lives in groups formed by several males and adult females with their offspring, dominance hierarchies are unknown. The western population is larger and the groups are more numerous than in the eastern population. The two populations differ in their diet. While the western lemurs mainly feed on leaves, stems, flowers and the sap of the tamarind tree, the diet of the eastern population is more diverse, incorporating fruits, insects and eggs. Both populations are predominantly diurnal, though during the dry season the western population seems to increase its nocturnal activity. Their reproductive behaviour also differs: in the eastern groups one male copulates with several females, whereas in the western groups reproductive pairs form.
The principal factor threatening the survival of this species is the destruction of its habitat. Burning to clear pastureland is a problem on the western coast and slashand-burn agriculture destroys its habitat on the eastern coast. Fortunately this species inhabits numerous reserves and national parks, thus its numbers are increasing satisfactorily.