Near Rouen, the birth of a lemur cub in the Cleres park.

The species is endangered in its natural environment. Thus, this birth is good news for its preservation.

Pink notepad in Clersky Park. Bamboo lemur cub from Alaotra was born on March 16, 2022. He is closely watched by his mother, Lily. She is very protective of her newborn.

This birth is significant for the lemur species because since 2002 it has been classified as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List in its natural habitat. This is due to the reduction of its habitat. Lake Alaotra is indeed the most used area for growing rice in Madagascar. Huge expanses of reed land are regularly burned there. The species is also hunted for its meat or for sale as a pet. This species is benefiting from a protection campaign under the European Breeding Program (EEP)..

At the moment, a small family is sometimes inside, because the park gives them free access to their house, which is heated. Visitors are not sure that they will see the latest news.

The bamboo lemur lives on the banks and in the humid forests around Lake Alaotra, in the northeast of Madagascar. It measures between 30 and 40 centimeters but doubles in size when the size of its tail is added. This is a featherweight animal weighing from one to two kilograms.

It lives for about twenty years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity. Pregnancy lasts five months and the female gives birth to one or two young per litter. Leaf-eating lemur: it feeds on bamboo, papyrus, reeds…

There are already other birthsbamboo lemurs in the botanical and zoo owned by the Seine-Maritime Department. It’s even one of his missions. It also participates, among other things, in the European breeding program for this species. Lemurs are regularly exchanged between zoos to improve genetic diversity. Others may be released into their Madagascar habitat to reinforce the species.

Parc de Clare stretches over almost 12 hectares. This is about above all a garden. The forest park was created long before the zoological park. It was Hector de Béarn who, around the 1860s, decided to rebuild the Château de Claire, which he had just inherited, in order to have the pleasure of living much closer to Paris than his Château de la Rochebocourt.

Only in 1919 did it become a zoo. Jean Theodore Delacour buys the estate and restores it in a year, digs a pond, builds aviaries, repairs and decorates the castle. At the same time, Avrey Tipping, an English landscape architect, set up a park to receive birds and mammals. Soon the animals evolve in freedom. The collection of birds was of great importance, since it contained up to three thousand specimens, divided into five hundred species. Cleres is becoming a center of attraction not only for naturalists, but also for lovers of nature and art.

The animals are looked after by a large team of caretakers. In the morning they cook food. The menu is very varied depending on the needs of each species (carnivores, omnivores or vegetarians).

Animal feeding at Clare Park

© M. Muarud-Musillo / S. Host

The park is open until autumn. It closes for the winter every year. Some animals have access to heated rooms more suited to their lifestyle.

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