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Just hanging: Meet the newest - and most adorable - member of Newquay Zoo

A West Country Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered lemur.

The baby male crowned lemur - named Lakobee - was born at the end of June, and is enjoying hanging out with mum and dad in Newquay Zoo's rainforest enclosure.

Lakobee will spend a lot of time curled up in his mother's fur Credit: Newquay Zoo

He's part of a species only found in the extreme north of the island of Madagascar where numbers are in rapid decline.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of Lakobe as he clings to his mum while she leaps around their enclosure.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A female lemur is pregnant for around four to five months - usually giving birth to between one and two babies.
  • Mothers nurse their babies until they are about four months old.
  • When born, a ring-tailed lemur baby weighs less than 100g.

  • The newborn is carried on its mother’s chest for 1-2 weeks and then is carried on her back.

  • A fully grown lemur can grow to about 45cm tall and weigh anything from 2kg to 3.5kg.

Lakobee hangs on to mum as she explores her enclosure Credit: Newquay Zoo

The biggest threat to Crowned lemurs survival in the wild is habitat loss due to 'slash-and-burn' agriculture, charcoal production, mining for sapphires and gold, and illegal logging. The species is also hunted for food, and captured for the local pet trade.

It’s a privilege to be playing a pivotal role in the survival of this endangered species.

We are one of a handful of European zoos successfully breeding crowned lemurs and full credit to our Senior Primate Keeper Nicole Fenton and her team for this achievement

– John Meek, Curator of Animals at Newquay Zoo
Lakobee will still clinging to mum for around 4 months Credit: Newquay Zoo