EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Red-bellied lemur

(Eulemur rubriventer)

Coordinator:  Hélène Birot
Institution:     Zoo de Mulhouse

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Zoo de Mulhouse


IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List VU


Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon Insurance population
The ex situ population is a potential future source to build up (long‐term) populations for reintroduction in Madagascar.

The ex situ population provides the opportunity to collaborate with Madagascar on gaining knowledge practice of release for reintroduction.

Ex situ research/training (in and outside range)
The ex situ population can be utilised to gain expertise on optimal husbandry and welfare and to what extent captive-born animals learn from wild-born animals. The research may also increase understanding of the species in the wild and its conservation.

• Conservation education (outside range)
Having the species in EAZA collections provides a potential opportunity to educate visitors about the threats lemur species are facing in Madagascar.
Indirect Conservation icon Fundraising
Providing financial support to in situ projects.



Programme numbers

In January 2024, the Red-bellied lemur EEP had 149 animals in 48 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • 30 October is World Lemur Day. If you wish to see how EAZA Members celebrated this amazing species, please search for the #WorldLemurDay hashtag on social media.
  • The IUCN Save Our Species (IUCNSOS) Lemurs was launched to support lemur conservation, in particular via the implementation of the IUCN/SSC Lemur Conservation Strategy. You can find all information here
  • EAZA published its 2021 Annual TAG Report. 

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