Michelle arrived at the Isle of Wight Zoo on the 19th March 2002 with
her sister Mimi and her companion Mifi, from Chester Zoo. She is very
difficult to distinguish from her sister Mimi, but they are currently
the largest two females in the group.
Mimi is more confident than her sister and has often challenged Mifi
for group dominance and has occasionally won. After the birth of
Michelle?s first female offspring, Yolande, in 2003 she became the
alpha female for about six months. This may reflect the status given to
female offspring in this species or just an increase in confidence.
In 2004 Michelle gave birth to the zoo?s first set of ring-tailed lemur
twins, Berenty and Tanala, and has proved to be an excellent mother.
One male and one female offspring were produced. Unfortunately Berenty
injured his arm when he was only a few weeks old and had to be kept
inside until the injury healed. This has divided the group with Mimi
and Michelle forming a sub group with their 2004 offspring.
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