San Jose: : Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Welcomes Two Baby Lemurs
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~ Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, California is celebrating the birth of two baby lemurs, born on Mother's Day weekend. The two male pups are an important addition to the declining population of the critically endangered species.

The pups were born to mom Ally and dad Razoky, both 6 and 14 years old respectively. Red-ruffed lemurs have a seasonal breeding pattern, with breeding in facilities in the U.S. taking place from December to January and births in April or May.

The birth of these two healthy pups is great news for this species in peril, as they will not only increase their species' population but also help zoo visitors learn about the species and make a connection that can lead to conservation action.

Ally and her pups have access to an off-view den for quiet bonding, but she has brought them out to spend time in the main habitat. Lucky guests may catch a glimpse of them in their outdoor nest box or moving through the tall grass. According to Rachel Atkins, Happy Hollow's Veterinary Technician, "Both pups are bright and alert and are gaining weight daily, which is a sign of good health at their age."

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The public will have the opportunity to name the pups through a contest. More information on how to participate will be shared through the Zoo's website and social media in the coming months.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo has been providing outdoor play since 1961 and is supported by Happy Hollow Foundation with its mission of connecting people to nature through play. It features family rides and amusements, a Puppet Castle Theater, nature themed play areas, special events for all seasons, an Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoo, and a zoo education and wildlife conservation program with classes, camps and events for all ages.

The successful birth of these two lemur pups is an exciting event for Happy Hollow Park & Zoo as well as for San Jose's Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services which supports it. It also serves as an important reminder that conservation efforts must continue if we want these endangered species to survive into future generations.

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