Friday 22 September 2017

Zoo welcomes rare black lemur baby

The black lemur Clementine with her new as yet unnamed pup born at Drusillas Zoo in Alfriston, East Sussex
The black lemur Clementine with her new as yet unnamed pup born at Drusillas Zoo in Alfriston, East Sussex

A rare black lemur which is classed as an endangered species has been born at a zoo.

Parents Lotfi and Clementine welcomed the new addition to their family at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex, bringing the number of lemurs at the zoo to 10.

Black lemurs are native to Madagascar and are considered vulnerable due to hunting and deforestation, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Clementine and Lotfi were introduced in 2010, arriving at Drusillas from zoos in Portugal and Tunisia.

The spokeswoman said: "It is unclear at present whether the new arrival is male or female but this will become evident over the next few weeks due to the strong sexual dimorphism in colour within this species.

"Males are all black with striking orange eyes, whereas females are brown with long white ear tufts.

"Once this has been established, the zoo team will get on with the very important business of naming their beautiful little lemur."

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