Two tiny twin slender loris have been born at Newquay Zoo - a first for the Cornish charity zoo.

Staff are pleased about the new arrivals. Head Keeper, Dave Rich said: “Parents Sheldon and Ribke have been here since October 2017, so we are chuffed to now have these twins. It is a great step forward for the species. We hope that they will in turn be part of the breeding programme in the future.”

These big-eyed primates are native to Southern and Eastern India and Sri Lanka, but the wild population is on the decline due to habitat loss. The slender loris is usually found in tropical rainforests or scrub land, but Sri Lanka has lost 97% of its forest cover.

Slender loris are nocturnal and known for their distinctive large eyes – another threat is from poaching due to the belief that these animals have magical and medicinal powers.

They either hunt on their own or in pairs and are known to be most social at dusk and dawn, snacking on things such as insects, grubs and leaves. You can spot the tiny duo at the charity zoo in the nocturnal house where mother Ribke carries the twins around under her belly, until they are old enough to find their feet.

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