Belfast Zoo welcomes adorable new lemur baby

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This endangered bouncing bundle of joy was born to mother, Linoa and father, Tilavo

The team at Belfast Zoo are jumping for joy following the arrival of a crowned sifaka baby.

This endangered bouncing bundle of joy was born to mother, Linoa and father, Tilavo, who are one of the few breeding pairs in Europe.

Sifakas are a species of lemurs found on the island of Madagascar and are facing increasing risk of extinction in the wild.

Belfast Zoo was the first zoo in the UK and Ireland to breed this species in 2008 and this success has continued with the arrival of the latest baby.

The infant was born on March 30 this year, however, for the first few months the infant holds onto the mother’s stomach and for that reason keepers were not able to determine the sex.

Linoa has recently started to carry the infant on her back to the delight of visitors who have been able to spot the bright-eyed baby.

This has also allowed keepers to determine that the arrival is a boy and he has been named Latif.

Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, said: “Belfast Zoo first became home to crowned sifaka in 2004. Mother, Linoa, arrived in 2007 to join our male, Andry. In 2008, the pair welcomed the first baby to be born in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Sadly, Andry passed away of old age and we have since welcomed Tilavo. Since becoming home to this species, five crowned sifakas have been successfully bred at the Cave Hill site and these offspring have moved to other zoos around the world as part of the European breeding programme for the species.”

Belfast Zoo is home to a number of species from the island of Madagascar including fossa, Madagascan tree boa, ring-tailed lemur, red-bellied lemur, white-belted ruffed lemur and crowned lemur.

In fact, you can now walk on the wild side with Belfast Zoo’s ring-tailed lemur experiences. If you have ever fancied, feeding lunch to the lemurs, then ‘move it, move’ and book your experience today.

Article by Sheena Mcstravick from Belfast Live