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Endangered ring-tailed lemurs give birth at Woburn Safari Park

Endangered ring-tailed lemurs have given birth at Woburn Safari Park.

The new arrival, whose parents are Koko and Berenty, was born at the Bedfordshire safari park on 11 March weighing just 70g.

The youngster has already been seen holding on to Koko as its parents groomed each other, in the park’s Land of the Lemurs enclosure.

Keepers say over the coming months, it will begin to spend time away from its mother and explore its home on its own.

One of those looking after the newborn, Imogen, said: “Koko is more than happy to let Berenty come and interact with their baby at this very early stage.

“As time goes on and the baby grows, we will expect them all to interact socially with the group, learn from them and explore their surroundings.”

There are thought to be around 2,400 lemurs living in the wild. Pic: PA
Image: There are thought to be around 2,400 ring-tailed lemurs living in the wild. Pic: PA
The newborn has already been spotted clinging onto Koko. Pic: PA
Image: The newborn has already been spotted clinging onto Koko. Pic: PA

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as endangered and it is thought that there are less than 2,400 living in the wild.

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Indigenous to Madagascar, ring-tailed lemurs have seen their numbers dwindle due to hunting and deforestation. Almost 90% of the natural forest in Madagascar has been destroyed since human habitation of the island, according to the safari park.

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