Twin white-belted ruffed lemurs born at Wild Place Project earlier this year are growing fast and are now out and about.
The pair named Eric, which is a popular name in Madagascar, and Andro, which means day in Malagasy were born in April and at 10 days old weighed just 220g.
But they were kept hidden well away in a nest by their parents until recently.
The youngsters are now almost four months old and are growing in confidence. They can be seen exploring their enclosure when the weather is nice, under the watchful eye of their parents, Ihosy and Hebus.
The twins have even started learning to climb trees, as Will Walker, animal manager at Wild Place Project, explains: “The young brothers are really coming into their own now. They are gradually getting more and more adventurous and playful, exploring their leafy enclosure and starting to climb trees – with mixed success. Fortunately Mum and Dad are never too far away and still keep a close eye on their young.”
The birth of the white-belted ruffed lemurs was a huge success story for the species, which is at grave risk of extinction in the wild, having suffered an 80 per cent decline in numbers over the last 20 years.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified them as ‘Critically Endangered’ in the wild due to habitat loss from to slash-and-burn and commercial agriculture, logging, and mining, as well as hunting for fur and meat and trapped for the illegal pet trade.
The lemurs at Wild Place Project live in ‘Discover Madagascar’, an interactive walk-through enclosure that allows visitors to get up-close to animals in a barrier-free environment. It is also home to four other lemur species – ring-tailed lemurs, mongoose lemurs, Alaotran gentle lemurs and red-bellied lemurs – as well as African pygmy goats.
Visitors can get up-close to the lemurs in their walk-through enclosure between 10.30am and 3.30pm daily and find out more about them at the daily lemur talk.
Wild Place Project is a family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning. Visitors can meet amazing animals from across the world from giraffe, cheetahs, wolves and zebra, to okapi, red-river hogs and gelada baboon.
For more information about visiting Wild Place Project, including what’s on at Easter, visit www.wildplace.org.uk
Our lemur house was built in partnership with Redrow.