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Adorable endangered lemur born at Newquay Zoo

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A rare baby lemur has been born at Newquay Zoo. The zoo has a small group of crowned lemurs, who last bred back in 2016. Keepers say they're delighted at the new arrival.

The species is classed as endangered because its habitat is being destroyed in its native Madagascar.

We are thrilled to welcome this cute bundle of joy as it is a great effort towards the conservation of this endangered species.

The population of crowned lemurs is dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. This, paired with the fact that they are native to only Northern Madagascar, means that there is a real possibility that the species could become extinct in the wild. So it’s become extremely important for zoos to hold this species.

– John Meek, Curator of animals, Newquay Zoo
It's not known yet if the little lemur is a boy or a girl but it certainly knows how to play to the camera. Credit: Newquay Zoo

The baby - or pup as they're officially called - was born to first time mum Beloha and dad Xavier on 23 May 2019.

It's not yet known if the youngster is a boy or a girl but once a crowned lemur reaches adulthood they can be easily identified through their colouration. Females are predominantly grey and males are a reddish brown. Both have an orange crown pattern on the top of their head, which is where the ‘crowned’ name comes from.

An adult crowned lemur, sporting the orange crown the species is named after. Credit: Newquay Zoo