Six Baby Lemurs Climb Into View At Chester Zoo


! The first ring-tailed lemurs born in Chester Zoo’s new Madagascar zone cling onto their mums (22)

Five endangered Ring-tailed Lemur babies – including two sets of
twins – and the zoo’s first-ever baby Black Lemur, a species
which is Vulnerable to Extinction in the wild in Madagascar, are
the latest arrivals at Chester Zoo.

Born between mid-January and early March, each of the
babies weighed less than a tennis ball at birth.


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (7)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (7)
Photo
Credit: Chester Zoo

Lemurs are born with their adult markings. But because they
spend most of their time riding “piggyback” on their mothers,
the care team can’t yet tell if the babies are male or
female.

Wild Lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar. As a group,
Lemurs are one of the planet’s highest conservation priorities.


Madagascar has already lost up to 90% of its forests, which means
that many species living in these environments are now on the brink
of extinction.

Dr. Nick Davis, Deputy Curator of Mammals, said, “Madagascar
is a truly inspirational place; home to incredible, unique wildlife
that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Yet we can report
first-hand that we are on the brink of losing many of these species
forever. Conserving Madagascar’s lemurs is urgent and critical.
That’s why any birth is important, but to have six rare baby
Lemurs born within weeks of each other is great news for the
breeding programme.”

Chester Zoo has been working with Madagasikara
Voakajy in the country’s Mangabe New Protected Area, in a bid to
save the unique animals that live there.

See more baby Lemur pics below!


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)


The first baby black lemur ever born at Chester Zoo (1)

Source: FS – Zoo Borns
Six Baby Lemurs Climb Into View At Chester Zoo