Four in a row: ZOO Planckendael welcomes new black lemur baby

Happy news from ZOO Planckendael: a new black lemur has been born. It’s the fourth year in a row that mother Kimmie and father Oreo have had a baby. The black lemur is an endangered species and Planckendael is part of a breeding programme for its preservation.

Visitors can already admire the newborn, although the animal park near Mechelen points out that the cub is still clinging strongly to its mother. However, you can already catch glimpses of its light brown fur and white ear tufts. After a month, a young black lemur gradually climbs from its mother's belly to her back, and the animal becomes more easily visible.

Its sex has not yet been determined, but it is probably a female. Its three siblings, born in the three previous years, are all females.

Black lemurs are primates that are only found on the African island of Madagascar and a number of small islands in the vicinity. The species is threatened by deforestation, poaching and illegal trade. Every birth in captivity is therefore good news for the species, the animal park says.

Once its sex is established, the newborn will be given a name starting with the letter Z, like all animals born this year at ZOO Planckendael.



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