Staff at the Isle of Wight Zoo are excited to announce that one of their endangered black lemur’s has given birth!
The baby lemur was born last week but keepers did not realise until zoo visitors spotted the tiny baby clinging to its mother.
Although zoo staff provided a screened-off bedroom for Adala to give birth in, she didn’t appear to have used it. Instead she proudly sat in view of the public cleaning her baby, who appears to be female.
Black lemurs are only found wild in North-west Madagascar, and are classified on the IUCN Red List as a vulnerable species. The breeding programme involves zoos across Europe cooperating to introduce suitable lemurs to each other in the hope of maintaining a genetically healthy group of animals.
The new mom and baby will be closely monitored. Adala has been a mother before so her keepers are optimistic that she will bond with her new daughter and raise her successfully.