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Joy as critically endangered baby lemur born at Dudley Zoo

By Megan Archer | Dudley | Attractions | Published:

A baby lemur has been welcomed into the world at Dudley Zoo.

The new baby lemur

Keepers at the Black Country zoo announced that it was the third critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur born in two months.

The youngster is the first offspring of 17-year-old mum, Anna and 15 year-old dad, Earl and was born on April 21 – eight weeks after the zoo welcomed twins to fellow primate pair Olivia and Broom.

Section leader Pat Stevens said: "The baby has been tucked away in the nesting box for a few weeks and is now starting to climb out and sit on the ledge, but is doing really well as is mum and we’re delighted to have another baby of this highly threatened species.”

Native to Madagascar, black-and-white ruffed lemurs are the most heavily hunted of all lemur species and face several threats including habitat loss, logging and mining.

Keepers said they still have not managed to sex the older lemur twins just yet, but keepers are busy suggesting possible names.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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