Just seven weeks after opening the largest Lemur Walk-through in the UK, West Midland Safari Park can announce the birth of six Lemur babies, including two sets of twins!
The tiny Ring Tailed youngsters – which were barely the size of newborn kittens at birth and weighed no more than 56 grams (about 2 ounces) - are now much less shy and can regularly be seen hitching a lift with Mum around the woodland.
This is a major success for the Park, which only opened the walk-through on 4th April 2011.
Of the new babies, Director of Wildlife, Bob Lawrence said, “This is fantastic news, we are absolutely delighted. The new Lemur exhibit is a super attraction. The Lemurs have settled in well and seem to enjoy all the attention that is being lavished upon them. Visitors can’t quite believe that they can walk amongst the Lemur and get so close. The youngsters are very photogenic and the addition of Lemur twins is the icing on the cake”!
Ring Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) purr and mew like domestic cats, can give birth at around 3 years and can live in captivity for between 20 and 30 years.
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is open daily, including Bank Holidays, up to Friday 4th November 2011.