September 17 2014 Latest news:
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Rare baby lemur born in April ready to welcome visitors
EXMOOR ZOO say they are ‘delighted’ to announce that their rare baby black lemur, born on April 30, is now on show for visitors to see.
The new arrival is a baby girl who is already spending time away from her mum, Copper, to explore the enclosure herself.
Head keeper Derek Gibson said: “She was a great surprise to us all. Herbert her dad was born here in April 2007 while Copper came from Dudley Zoo and is now 16 years old (equivalent to about 55 years of age in people terms), so it was a great moment.”
The black lemur is critically endangered and like all lemurs, they are native to Madagascar.
Only 200 of these animals exist in zoos outside of Madagascar, of which a total of only 18 babies were born last year.
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