Taronga Western Plains Zoo has warmly welcomed the safe arrival of eight baby Ring-tailed Lemur's.
The new babies are made up of five males and three females and are yet to be named.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo keeper Sasha Brook said this is the most successful breeding season for their Ring-tailed Lemur breeding group to date.
"We have five first-time mothers and three experienced mothers. They are all doing a great job caring for their babies. It's not uncommon for keepers to see one mother grooming another mother's baby throughout the day," she said.
The babies are also the first offspring for new male, Skynard who arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo last year.
Skynard originated from a Zoo overseas therefore his genetics are 'incredibly important' to the regional breeding program in Australasia.
"These babies are the second generation to be born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and it is truly wonderful to see some of the first offspring born here now become mothers themselves," Miss Brooks said.
"At the moment the infants are clinging to their mum's bellies and suckling milk but in the coming month they will start to be more active and begin riding on their mother's backs more and more," said Sasha.
Ring-tailed Lemurs only have a very small window to fall pregnant. They generally come into season for 24-48 hours once a year, so unsuccessful mating during this period means it will be a long wait until the following year.
"The Ring-tailed Lemur breeding season is generally in March to May, so births are usually expected in early spring following a four-month gestation period.
"The babies are a little difficult to see as they are small and clinging to their mum's tummy but are most active in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon on the island if the weather is warm," Miss Brooks said.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to two groups of Ring-tailed Lemurs, a breeding group near the Savannah picnic ground and a bachelor group at the Savannah Lake. The breeding group now has 17 individuals including the babies, whilst the bachelor group has four.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo will reopen on Monday, October 18.
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