Mother's Day: Zoo babies and their moms
A closer look at this red fronted lemur's mottled fur reveals the latest addition to the lemur family at BIOPARC Valencia.
There are only five red fronted lemurs in Spain - all at the BIOPARC - and a mere sixty six in Europe.
Native to the exotic island of Madagascar, this endemic species is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting. Lemurs are protected by law and by the Malagasy CITES ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) agreement.
When a red fronted lemur is born they possess fully opened eyes and have a tendency to cling tightly to their mothers. They can be difficult to spot as their colouring is almost identical.
Red fronted lemur females possess unmistakable orange markings and males - distinct grey backs. All red fronted lemurs share male colouration for the first four months of their lives.
Within days, the bushbaby can utilise its small arms to move around on the mother's body. From two weeks the baby will move onto its mother’s back. After three-to-six weeks they will start climbing and eating solid foods. And by four to six months the youngster will no longer need nursing.
When: 27 Mar 2014
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