Visit Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire over the Easter holiday and you may catch a glimpse of their newest arrival – a tiny baby ring-tailed lemur.
The little lemur was born to 10 year-old mother Kirindy and 7 year-old father Berenti just two weeks ago and can be spotted with its parents in the safari’s walk-through Land of the Lemurs enclosure
Animal keepers are yet to name the new arrival and find out whether they have a male or female. The baby lemur is so small at the moment it only weighs an estimated 30 grams, roughly the equivalent of a golf ball.
Animal Keeper, Louise Moody, said: “The new lemur baby is still very young and our advice to visitors is to keep an eye out for her mum as she is very proud and just loves to show the little one off to passers-by! Kirindy has had babies before so she is quite relaxed around us. However, we are keeping a hands-off approach for the time being to give them time to relax and bond.”
Ring-tailed lemurs are a very sociable species, so the whole troop is expected to play a role in raising the new baby. Kirindy is a dominant female, so the small arrival is likely to find herself high-up in the social hierarchy as she grows up with her red-bellied, black and white ruffed and red-fronted lemur friends in the wooded Land of the Lemurs enclosure.
For more information on visiting Woburn Safari go to www.woburnsafari.co.uk