Keepers welcome birth of endangered ring-tailed lemur at Woburn Safari Park

Ring-tailed lemurs at Woburn safari park Credit: PA

An endangered sub-species of lemur has been born at a Bedfordshire safari park.

The lemur was born at Woburn safari park to parents Koko and Berenty on 11 March, weighing just 70g.

The newborn has already been spotted clinging to Koko as its parents groomed each other in the Land of Lemurs walkthrough enclosure.

Her keeper said: "Koko is more than happy to let Berenty come and interact with their baby at this very early stage.

The baby lemur weighed just 70g when it was born Credit: Woburn Safari Park/PA

"As time goes on and the baby grows, we will expect them all to interact socially with the group, learn from them and explore their surroundings."

Over the next few months, the youngster will gradually begin to spend time away from its mother and start to explore the trees and ropes within its home.

The baby’s arrival is of particular importance as ring-tailed lemurs are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

As with all species of lemur, they are only found on the island of Madagascar and their main threat in the wild comes from humans, with their numbers dwindling due to hunting and deforestation.

The newborn has been spotted clinging to its mother Credit: Woburn Safari Park/PA

It is believed there are fewer than 2,400 ring-tailed lemurs living in the wild, which makes any births significant for their long-term survival as a species.

Spring has seen plenty more arrivals at Woburn Safari Park, including an otter pup Thien Than born to parents Beatrix and Kovu.

Meerkats Brendan and Pansy have welcomed a meerkat pup to the mob, which is exploring its enclosure under close supervision.

Meanwhile, wallaby joeys have started making an appearance in their mothers’ pouches.

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