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09 / 05 / 2018
Lemur whose life hung in the balance is now thriving

A tiny lemur at Wild Place Project whose life hung in the balance is now thriving.

The baby white-belted black and white ruffed lemur was one of three born to mum Ihosy but she did not show any interest in them at the start.

Ihosy was given a mild anaesthetic and then taken with her babies to the animal care centre at Wild Place Project where her babies were placed on her by vets and keepers to try to get them to feed.

Sadly two of the babies died later but the third pulled through.

And as these pictures show, he is now doing well and Ihosy is being really attentive.

Joe Norman, animal keeper at Wild Place Project which is owned and run by Bristol Zoological Society, said: “He is continuing to grow rapidly. He is spending more time playing and exploring and has already been seen nibbling at the adults’ food.”

Joe said both parents were helping to look after the little lemur and his two older siblings were playing with him.

Every white-belted ruffed lemur is crucially important to the future of the subspecies, which has undergone a population decline of 80 per cent in just 21 years.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list puts white-belted black and white ruffed lemurs at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

The main threats to them are habitat loss due to slash-and-burn and commercial agriculture, logging and mining, as well as hunting for meat.

For more information about visiting Wild Place Project visit www.wildplace.org.uk