27/03/2020

Double birthday celebration for local lemurs

Our lemurs at Wild Place Project and Bristol Zoo Gardens are celebrating!

It’s a double celebration for two local lemurs this week

Keepers at Wild Place Project have celebrated the 12th birthday of their male ring-tailed lemur, Rakota. 

The lucky lemur was treated to a birthday cake made using his favourite fresh food – blueberries, grapes, sweet potato and a special primate browse. 

Meanwhile at Bristol Zoo Gardens, a special little lemur has turned two. Maso is a Critically Endangered Lake Alaotran gentle lemur – all the more special because he only has one eye.  

The youngster had to undergo life-saving surgery at just two weeks’ old after injuring his eye. Vets at Bristol Zoo performed the delicate operation to remove his eye before it became infected.  

Now two years old and in full health, Maso – meaning eye in Malagasy – lives with his younger brother Mafy, while their parents, Alina and Mamboly, live in an exhibit nearby.

Bristol Zoo Gardens has been breeding Lake Alaotran gentle lemurs for more than 20 years, as part of a coordinated European captive breeding programme.  

This breeding programme is vital for the species which is one of the most threatened species of lemur in Madagascar where there are now thought to be fewer than 2,500 remaining in the wild.

Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity. It relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

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