Visitors can already visit the recently born yellow-bearded lemur (Lemur fulvus mayottensis) of the Nyíregyháza Animal Park. The mite’s nutrition is breast milk, but in 2-3 weeks, it will also taste solid fodder crops, which will consist of vegetables, sweet fruits and leaves.
The yellow-bearded lemurs belong to the family of brown lemurs and they represent a separate sub-species. Their Latin name refers to many things, so the word mayottensis suggests that their natural habitat is located on the island of Mayotte, about 400 kilometers away from Madagascar. Their family name, Lemur, comes from the word lemures (ghosts). The first European explorers who met them thought that they were ghosts, because they only heard their cry and saw their bright yellow eyes in the dark.
The almost continuously moving primates spend most of their time in the foliage. Still, occasionally they go down to the ground and search for food. They are very clean, taking care of each other’s fur, not only of the small ones’. Four lower incisors and two canines form a so-called tooth-comb. On their second finger of their back limb they’re wearing claws. They remove loose hairs and potential parasites with these instruments from one another.
The only breeding team in the country seems to be very successful as an offspring is born every year. With this little thing now, there are 9 members in the special lemur team. The half-monkeys can be seen from very close up in the Lemur Forest of the park, as guests can enter their territory. The animals live in a common catwalk with huge land-reptiles, spurred tortoises. Looking from the forest, the world’s largest land-mammals, African elephants can be seen by visitors.