The cutest twins in town
Friday 17 August 2007
ZSL London Zoo's gentle lemur troop is two stronger with the addition of cuddly twins born on the 26th June.
The month old babies are delighting crowds as their cute faces poke out from the undergrowth in our enclosure. The twins are still feeding from their mother and can be seen clinging to her as she moves through the branches. Although they should be on solid food in the next couple of weeks. They are very independent already and often travel off on their own adventures.
The Alotran gentle lemur is found around Lake Alaotra in Madagascar. It spends its life in the trees and mainly eats reeds and papyrus leaves. They are endangered in the wild, with so few left that the annual burning of the reed beds in the area could wipe them out. A zoo breeding programme is helping to protect these animals from extinction, and the new twins are an important part of this.
The gentle lemur enclosure can be found by the otters and meerkats, next to The Clore Rainforest Lookout.