Cute Crowned Lemur Baby

Thu, 29/08/2013 - 3:27pm

Keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park have welcomed an adorable new addition to the crowned lemur family currently living in the Walking With Lemurs enclosure at the park.

The tiny new baby, born two weeks ago, was recently seen clinging to mum and enjoying their first moments exploring their new home.

Head of Primate Section, Matt Ford said: ‘We’re delighted that mum, Epi and dad, King have given birth to this healthy and very cute new baby boy.  Epi is a first time mum and she is doing a fabulous job.’

Crowned lemurs are native to Madagascar and are currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.  Habitat loss and hunting are the main causes for the decline in numbers. This species occurs in extreme northern Madagascar and it is the only species found on the Cap d’Ambre Peninsula, the most northerly point on the island.

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park will be able to see the latest new addition to the crowned lemur family grow and develop over the next few weeks and months when they take advantage of the Passport – the one day ticket that lasts all year.