We’ve had another baby arrive in the Small Primate House and we’re thrilled it’s our third critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur in two months!
The youngster is the first offspring of 17 year-old mum, Anna and 15 year-old dad, Earl and was born on April 21 – eight weeks after we welcomed twins to fellow primate pair Olivia and Broom.
Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “The baby has been tucked away in the nesting box for a few weeks and is now starting to climb out and sit on the ledge, but is doing really well as is mum and we’re delighted to have another baby of this highly threatened species.”
Native to Madagascar, black-and-white ruffed lemurs are the most heavily hunted of all lemur species and face several threats including habitat loss, logging and mining.
We still haven’t managed to sex the older lemur twins just yet, but keepers are busy suggesting possible names!