Pair of critically endangered lemurs born at Scottish safari park

One of two black-and-white ruffed lemur pups born at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, near Stirling. Credit: PA

A pair of critically endangered lemurs, native to Madagascar, have been born at a Scottish safari park.

The two female lemur pups, named Nova and Evie, are living at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, and were born on April 14 – and the park has now announced their birth publicly.

The six-week-old black-and-white ruffled lemurs are among as few as 1,000 remaining in the wild, with the species considered critically endangered.

They are known to have the second-loudest primate call in the animal kingdom, with howler monkeys being the only louder species.

The critically endangered lemur pups, both female were born on April 14. Credit: PA

Their loud cry makes them more susceptible to capture for the illegal pet trade, and additional threats include hunting by locals and habitat destruction due to deforestation, logging and mining.

Blair Drummond participates in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme in order to build the population of animals such as the lemurs.

The sisters are the third litter to be born at the park, with several of their siblings now dotted around zoological establishments across the UK.

The park also collaborates with conservation project Feedback Madagascar, which focuses on educating communities and protecting lemurs in their natural habitat.

Eventually, the pups will join the other lemurs at the park’s Lemur Land.

In the meantime, visitors can catch a glimpse of them in their indoor enclosure with their mother, Cali.

The pair have been named Nova, meaning 'new' and Evie meaning 'life'. Credit: PA

The twin sisters will eventually be rehomed as part of the breeding programme.

Keeper Lesley Rodger said: “We are overjoyed to welcome these two new arrivals to our lemur conspiracy.

“They are gaining confidence in their surroundings daily and are already testing their limb strength by hanging from branches in their aviary.

“Both pups are female and based on our past experience, girls do tend to be more of a handful.

“We have named them Nova, meaning ‘new’ and Evie meaning ‘life’.”

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