Sussex

Rare black lemur born at Drusillas Park in Alfriston

  • 28 May 2014
  • From the section Sussex
The baby with mother Clementine
Image caption The new arrival at Drusillas Park has yet to be given a name

A rare black lemur, which is classed as an endangered species, has been born at an East Sussex zoo.

The baby, which is yet to be named, was born at Drusillas Park in Alfriston to parents Lotfi and Clementine.

The pair have been at the zoo since 2009 as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.

Black lemurs are native to Madagascar and are vulnerable due to hunting and deforestation.

'Beautiful little lemur'

Clementine and Lotfi came to Drusillas from zoos in Portugal and Tunisia.

A Drusillas spokeswoman said they could not tell yet if the baby was male or female but that it would become clear when their markings and colourings appeared.

She said: "Males are all black with striking orange eyes, whereas females are brown with long white ear tufts.

"Once this has been established, the zoo team will get on with the very important business of naming their beautiful little lemur."

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