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14 / 04 / 2016
A double celebration at Wild Place Project

A pair of rare ring-tailed lemurs have been born at Wild Place Project.

The tiny twins are just six days old and can be seen clinging to their mother, Dizzy. Born weighing less than 100g (3oz) each, the babies are doing well, appear strong and have been feeding well.
 
The new arrivals join 15 other ring-tailed lemurs - including another baby born on March 1 - in the Discover Madagascar exhibit. Discover Madagascar is a walk-through enclosure that allows visitors to get up-close to animals in a barrier-free environment. It is also home to three other lemur species - mongoose lemurs, white-belted ruffed lemurs and red-bellied lemurs – as well as African pygmy goats.


 
Nigel Simpson, head of operations at Wild Place Project, said: “We’re delighted with the latest additions to our group of ring-tailed lemurs. The babies are still very small but can clearly be seen being fed by Dizzy. We are keeping a close eye on them in these early days but Dizzy is a very experienced mother and is doing a great job.”
 
The twins will be carried on their mother’s chest for the first few weeks and then will be carried on her back. Youngsters will start eating solid food from two weeks old, gradually becoming more independent and exploring on their own. Despite this, youngsters are not fully weaned until five months old.
 
Ring-tailed lemurs are classified as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species - the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species.
 
In the wild, ring-tailed lemurs are only found in the dry forests and bush of southern Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa. Habitat destruction is the biggest threat to the survival of all lemur species. The wild population of ring-tailed lemur species is declining and most populations occur in small fragmented forests.
 
The lemur walk-through at Wild Place Project is open every day from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Visitors can join keepers for the lemur conservation talk every day at 1pm.
 
Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning. Visitors can meet amazing animals from across the world from cheetahs, wolves and zebra, to okapi, red-river hogs and eland.
 
Wild Place Project was opened by the Bristol Zoological Society in 2013 with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.
 
For more information about visiting Wild Place Project, including what’s on at Easter, visit www.wildplace.org.uk