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Baby Mongoose Lemur Born at the Charles Paddock Zoo!

16 April 2024

The Charles Paddock Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a Mongoose Lemur! The baby Lemur is now on exhibit and can be seen by watchful visitors!

Image of a baby Mongoose Lemur peeking it's head out of where it is nestled under its mom's fur.
Image of Mongoose Lemur with new baby.
Image of a baby Mongoose Lemur peeking it's head out of where it is nestled under its mom's fur.

This adorable mongoose lemur Eulemur mongoz, will spend at least the first three weeks clinging to the mother. In the first weeks after birth, it is hard to tell the gender, but we will be able to tell if it’s a male or female by development of its beard color. Males have reddish-orange fur beneath their chins while females have white fur. The males are born with white beards that turn the reddish -brown when they reach about six weeks old. Around five weeks they’ll start to slowly venture out and sample the foods that it’s mother and father are eating. The adult diet consists mostly of fruit, but they also eat flowers, leaves and occasionally bugs. It will be completely weaned around 5- 6 months and we will pay close attention to the size and behavior of the baby without intervening unless absolutely necessary. 

The youngster will stay at the Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) until it is ready to leave and go to another zoo for their breeding program to ensure genetic diversity among the species. The lemurs are critically endangered in the wild due to deforestation and poaching/hunting.  The Mongoose Lemurs will remain on exhibit with the baby but have access to the back on busy days to avoid stress and over stimulation.

It’s time to make a plan to visit the Zoo and see the new animals, plus, this Saturday, we will be celebrating Earth Day with our “Party for the Planet” event on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am until 3 pm! This family event will focus on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. A fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures, hands-on activities, exhibits by sustainability-conscious businesses, as well as providing many educational demonstrations like water conservation, beekeeping, and more. Food trucks will be on-site! Thank you to our platinum sponsor, Atascadero Mutual Water Company, our Gold sponsor, Waste Management, and our Silver sponsor, Solarponics! Thank you for your support in making these events possible!

Over 200 animal species to enjoy at the Zoo! Many of the Zoo residents are part of a globally managed program to preserve animals and their habitats. The Zoo features several unique species not often seen in facilities of our size, including fossa, red pandas, Malayan tiger, lemurs, and meerkats, as well as many other exciting and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. Plus experience the animals up close! Unique gifts, as well as refreshments and strollers are available at the zoo gift shop. Adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park, the zoo is the perfect destination for a day of fun, education, and relaxation.

Party for the Planet is included with General Admission. Tickets are $13 Adults age 13+, $11 Seniors age 65+, $8 Children 5-12, $5 Children 3-4, and free for Kids 2 & under. The Charles Paddock Zoo is SLO County’s ONLY Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Open Daily and located at Atascadero Lake Park on Hwy 41/Morro Road, one mile west of Hwy 101.  For information, go to or call the Zoo at (805) 461-5080.