A change in fur colour has revealed our first rare black lemur baby to be a girl!
The three-month-old was born to first-time mum, Barbara and dad, Bryan on May 15 and has been named Kimmy by keepers.
Despite the species name, only the males are black in colour, as the females turn brown a few weeks after birth.
And Kimmy is extra special, as she’s not only our first baby black lemur in over a decade, but DZG also plays a key role in the conservation battle of their vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population.
Curator Richard Brown, who runs the studbook alongside DZG Registrar and Research Co-ordinator Dr David Beeston, by making recommendations for exchanges or breeding pairs to keep the gene pool viable, said: “It’s great news that we have a girl and we’ll look at moving her on to another collection in around 18-months time, where she’ll play an important role in the captive population.”
A threatened species, they’re only found on the north western tip of Madagascar and a few outlying islands in the wild and are hunted for food and the pet trade.