24/04/2018

Three baby lemurs born at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Three ring-tailed lemurs have been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens within three days of each other.

Twins were born to mum Ethel and less than 72 hours later another ring-tailed lemur Mavis also gave birth.

The tiny babies are clinging tightly to their mums and it will be some months before the keepers are able to tell whether they are boys or girls.

Three baby lemurs born at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Sarah Gedman, mammals’ team leader at Bristol Zoo, said; “We came in on both mornings and found the babies had been born during the night. They were suckling well and were strong and healthy.”

Ethel and Mavis, who are twin sisters, also produced babies 12 months ago when they gave birth on the same night.

The latest arrivals will be fed by their mums for the next month and they will be carried around holding onto their mums’ chests.

Then they will be begin piggybacking their mums and start to move around independently.

They will also try small pieces of the food their mums are eating like sweet potatoes but they will not be fully weaned for five months.

Sarah said: “We are really pleased. They are already out and about in the lemur walk through so our guests can easily see them.”

The new lemurs mean Bristol Zoo Gardens now has 11 ring-tailed lemurs in its walk-through sponsored by Redmaids’ High School. This is really important because in the wild ring-tailed lemurs are an endangered species.

They are found only in the forests of southern and southwestern Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa where the destruction and degradation of their forest home is the biggest threat to their survival.

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.

Three baby lemurs born at Bristol Zoo Gardens
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