Black lemur

Kimmy moves on

We’ve said goodbye to Kimmy, our juvenile Black lemur, who has transferred to Belgium as part of a European breeding programme. As the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population, DZG Curator Richard Brown successfully matched our two year-old female (pictured shortly after her birth in 2017) to a Continue reading Kimmy moves on

Luxury lemur lodgings

Our black lemur family is settling into a newly-built home offering visitors a superb view of the critically endangered creatures. Mum Barbara, Dad Bryan, one-year-old Kim and baby Jim, who was born in April, have been moved from Lemur Wood walkthrough to their new £25,000 enclosure opposite our chimps. It comes complete with hammocks made Continue reading Luxury lemur lodgings

Babies spring up

Dudley Zoo is celebrating a bundle of spring babies including a capuchin, a black lemur, a Barbary sheep and two bats. The latest additions to our 1,600-strong collection have all been born within the last 10 days, with the Barbary sheep birth being witnessed by visitors just two days ago. The baby boom kicked off Continue reading Babies spring up

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 Continue reading Celebrating Barbara!

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn Continue reading A very special baby!

Digital dating

A new online dating system is helping with the matchmaking of black lemurs. DZG Curator Richard Brown joined fellow European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook co-ordinators from around the world at Chester Zoo for the four-day EAZA Academy Advanced Breeding Programme Management course, where participants learnt new online techniques for managing their studbooks. Richard, who took over the Continue reading Digital dating

Hola! Barbara

We’ve welcomed a new female black lemur to DZG as part of a European breeding programme. Five year-old Barbara has joined us from Bioparc Fuengirola in Spain and has moved into the Small Primate House with our resident 10 year-old male, Bryan, from Lemur Wood, where keepers are hoping the pair will soon breed. Black Continue reading Hola! Barbara