Celebrating Barbara!

We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur.

Last May Barbara gave birth to daughter Kimmy – our first baby black lemur in over a decade – and she’s taken to motherhood incredibly well.

Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon said: “Barbara is very caring and protective of little Kimmy who is becoming quite outgoing now, just like her mum.

“We’ll be making sure she has a very special first Mothering Sunday by giving her a few extra treats.”

Kimmy’s birth was wonderful news for us all at DZG as we play a key role in the conservation battle of their vulnerable species.

We’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population.

If you’re spending your Mother’s Day at DZG today, don’t forget to follow our daily talk and feed schedule and find out about some of the amazing mums in our 1,600-strong collection.

And we have a treat for all mums on site too – staff in the Oak Kitchen will be serving up a free cupcake to every mother purchasing an adult meal in the Queen Mary restaurant throughout the day.

 Happy Mother’s Day!