World's Rarest Lemurs Born at Bristol Zoo
August 31, 2014
Bristol Zoo Gardens in the United Kingdom is pleased to announce that Alaotran Gentle Lemurs Mr. and Mrs. Grey are now proud parents to a set of twins. Gentle Lemurs are the most Critically Endangered species of Lemur in the world.
Photo Credit: Bob Picthford
Born in mid-July, the six-week-old babies weigh just 5 ounces (150g). Keepers report that the twins are doing very well and are already confident climbers and jumpers.
Mr. and Mrs. Grey were first introduced to each other in the winter of 2012 at Bristol Zoo and have been inseparable ever since. The twins are their first offspring.
Lynsey Bugg, Assistant Curator of Mammals, said, “It was love at first sight for these two young Lemurs and we could not be happier with the new arrival of their little ones. Mrs. Grey is a new mum and is doing a fantastic job with her new-borns. Mr. Grey is an attentive parent and particularly protective over his family.”
The new family is extremely important to the survival of this species, because only about 5,000 remain in the wild in Madagascar. Because Gentle Lemurs live in only one small area on the island, they are particularly susceptible to the risks caused by habitat loss and hunting.
Bristol Zoo has been part of the breeding program for Alaotran Gentle Lemurs since 1990.