Mouse lemur twins born at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Tiny mouse lemur twins have been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Here is a picture of one of them in the Zoo’s Twilight World where visitors can see these remarkable nocturnal creatures living in the semi-dark.

Mouse lemurs get their name because they are grey coloured and about the size of mice.

When fully grown their head and body are less than three inches long and they only weigh up 67 gms (2.4 ozs).

They are only found on the island of Madagascar off the east African coast where many are captured for the exotic pet trade.

But the biggest threat to them the loss of their woodland habitat as trees are felled.

The twins were born to parents Elsie and Charlie about four weeks ago.

But until now mum, Elsie, has been keeping them safe from view.

Emily Lewis, mammals team leader, said: “They have only just started to come out so people can see them.

“Mum has been moving them from nest to nest as she would in the wild to keep them safe from predators.”

Keepers have not yet been able to get close enough to the lemurs to find out whether they are boys or girls.

The twins are still suckling but they have also started to eat vegetables like peppers, carrots and aubergines.

Like their mum and dad they will also feed on insects like crickets and Arabic gum.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

For more information about visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 428 5300.


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