'Adventurous' pair of critically endangered lemurs born at safari park

The six-week-old babies were born to mother Cali and father Bemba on May 27, 2022.

Critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur pups born at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling Blair Drummond Safari Park
Endangered lemur pups born at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Two critically-endangered lemur pups have been born at a safari park.

Staff at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park near Stirling say their little arrivals are an “adventurous pair of playful pups” and are already beginning to explore their surroundings.

The six-week-old baby black and white ruffed lemurs were born to mother Cali and father Bemba on May 27, 2022.

Keeper Lesley Rodger said: “We are so proud to add these two new arrivals to our group. They are full of energy and are beginning to explore their surroundings more and more.

The six-week-old pups are beginning to explore their surroundingsBlair Drummond Safari Park
The six-week-old pups are beginning to explore their surroundings

“As with all lemur species, black and white ruffed lemurs are native to Madagascar, where they play an integral role in their local ecosystem. Black and white ruffed lemurs actually act as pollinators, just like bees!”

Black and white ruffed lemurs are at an extremely high risk of extinction, and classified as critically endangered in the wild.

Blair Drummond Safari Park participates in the endangered species breeding programme for lemurs, aiming to build a healthy population.

Eventually, the pups will join the rest of the lemurs but in the meantime, visitors can catch a glimpse of them in their indoor enclosure with their mother.