Lemurs come out for summer season

The ring-tailed lemurs
The ring-tailed lemurs

The ring-tailed lemur twins born in February have made an appearance at their home in the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park.

The two males have also now been named as Julien and Maurice, after the movie Madagascar.

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as a vulnerable species with numbers ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 in their native Madagascar. This situation has been widely reported to have been exacerbated by current political unrest, hunting, poaching and habitat loss. These small primates are one of 22 species of lemurs, all of which share a common ancestry with Africa’s apes and monkeys.

The twin lemurs at Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park can be seen on exhibit with their mother. The Park has an active group of four lemurs in its animal collection, including the babies.

Animal encounters are just some of the fun activities Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park will be holding to celebrate Love Your Zoo when it is launched this week.

The campaign, which was launched in 2011 by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), will run from Friday, 25 to Friday, May 31. Its aim is to encourage people to visit their local BIAZA zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres not only for a fun day out, but to learn just how much they do for conservation, education and research.