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Fota Wildlife Parks two Lion-tailed macaque babies have been named!

Fota Wildlife Parks two Lion-tailed macaque babies have been named!

The two Lion-tailed macaque babies have been named after asking the public to suggest names for the two new arrivals after Christmas. Say hello to Ajay and Yoda!


The babies were born to mothers Kelly and Lizzy and to father Mauzer. Nine-year-old Kelly gave birth on the 26th September and seventeen-year-old Lizzy gave birth on the 13th October after a gestation period of approximately six months - both babies are male and both mothers were born at Fota. The lion-tailed macaque ranks among the rarest and most threatened primate species in the world and is listed as endangered by the IUCN red list.


The winning names were selected by the rangers here at Fota Wildlife Park who work with the primates. The two names were chosen from over a thousand suggestions made by the public. The winning entry for Yoda was from Lauren McCole from Galway, and the winning suggestion of Ajay came from Joey, Hanna & Lia Moynihan from Cork.

 

 

 

Macaques live in groups of between ten and 20 individuals with one dominant male taking responsibility for leading the entire troop. The breeding male at Fota is nine-year-old Mauzer, who originally came from Belfast Zoo, and he is the father of the two new babies.


The Lion-tailed Macaque is endemic to the Western Ghats of Southern India. There are less than 2,500 individuals remaining in the wild and about 400 more living in zoos and wildlife parks. The species is hunted for its meat and fur, with only 1% of their original habitat remaining because of timber harvesting and agriculture. The ex-situ population now makes up 14% of the entire group left on the planet.