Endangered lemur twins born at Newquay Zoo
Published: 14th Aug 2017Twin ring-tailed lemurs have been born at Newquay Zoo. Mum Jill and dad Huey have been tending to their every need since they were born on 10th July. The babies can be seen clinging to Mum for safety and protection as she moves around Lemur Island.
Twin ring-tailed lemurs have been born at Newquay Zoo. Mum Jill and dad Huey have been tending to their every need since they were born on 10th July. The babies can be seen clinging to Mum for safety and protection as she moves around Lemur Island.
Ring-tailed lemurs are native to Madagascar and usually live in large troops in the dry forest and bush in Southern and South Western Madagascar. At Newquay Zoo the twins join mum and dad and five others.
Senior keeper Dave Rich commented: “The numbers of ring-tailed lemurs are dwindling in the wild due to habitat destruction such as tree felling for charcoal production, mining, hunting for food and the illegal pet trade. It’s important to bring awareness to the plight of these animals –zoos play an important role in this.”
Ring-tailed lemurs have been on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List since 2008, but have recently been re-categorised as Endangered due to the decline in population. Dave Rich continued: “There is a very real possibility their wild counterparts could become extinct, so it has become more and more important for zoos to hold this species. Our two new very cute arrivals will certainly be a big hit and will further contribute to our work.”
Considered one of the most intelligent of the lemur species, ring-tailed lemurs are very active and curious. Newquay Zoo hosts a lemur experience where members of the public get the opportunity to meet and feed the lemurs. Visitors will now get to meet the new babies. Newquay Zoo is a registered charity. For more information go to www.newquayzoo.org.uk or ring 01637 873342.