Endangered Macaque at Vandalur Zoo Gives Birth in Captivity

Looking at a new born macaque must be very fascinating. That too an endangered macaque giving birth in captivity is certainly a must watch. If you are visiting Zoo at Vandalur Chennai, be sure to see the new arrival. Read on to know more.

A lion-tailed macaque gave birth at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur on Sunday 8 January. This is the third time in less than a year that a macaque has given birth at the zoo.

The new-born and its 15-year-old mother Apsara are healthy. The baby weights 500g and is 10cm long. Visitors are allowed to view the new-born in the enclosure.

“We are giving them a special diet, including eggs and fruits for the mother. It will take at least two months to know the baby’s gender,” said zoo director and chief conservator of forests KSSVP Reddy.

Apsara, zoo sources said, and her 18-year-old companion Vijayan, were born at Vandalur zoo. A few months ago, another lion-tailed macaque gave birth at the zoo, which has a total of 24 macaques.

Classified the most threatened primate under the Indian Wildlife Act, 1972, the lion-tailed macaque is endemic to the Western Ghats and found in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Vandalur zoo accounts for 38.1% of lion-tailed macaque population in the country’s zoos due to its captive breeding programme. “The total population in the wild is around 4,000,” a senior zoo official said.

The gestation period of a lion-tailed macaque is around six months. The young are nursed for one year. The life expectancy in the wild is about 20 years and 30 in captivity. The primate’s range has become increasingly isolated and fragmented by the spread of agriculture and human settlements.

Please view some of our earlier posts about Arignar Anna Zoological Park,  Vandalur, Chennai.

Zoological Park Vandalur Chennai

Lion Safari at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, Chennai

Source: Times of  India

Posted on January 12, 2012, in Attractions and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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