Adorable endangered twin ring-tailed lemurs have been born at a UK zoo

Despite being on the endangered list, twin ring-tailed lemurs have been born at a UK zoo.

The two adorable newborns were born to mother Fiona and father Dog at Chester Zoo on March 2nd.

The pups have just begun to venture outside and are 15cm tall and weigh just a few hundred grams.

They have been described as being "no bigger than tennis balls with tails”.

Zookeepers have not been able to get close enough to determine the sex of the animals.

Lemur pups will spend the first few months of their lives clinging to and piggybacking on their mother.

Mike Jordan, director of animals and plant collections at Chester Zoo, said: "Ring-tailed lemurs are the one of the planet's highest primate conservation priorities, so we're absolutely thrilled to see two tiny babies born into the group here at Chester.

"Wonderfully, youngsters are born just like miniature adults and already have all of their fur markings, including their iconic black and white tails which they use to help identify one another.”

Wild lemurs are only on the island of Madagascar, where mass deforestation has destroyed the majority of their natural habitat.

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According to experts, the population of wild lemurs is thought to have decreased by about half in the last 36 years.

Mike Jordan said: "It's sad to consider just how endangered they have become but the birth of these twins gives a timely boost to the international conservation breeding programme for these fantastically charismatic animals.

"In these unsettling times, the arrival of such endangered babies really does help to raise a smile.”

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This comes after Chester Zoo announced that it is closing in line with government advice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The tourist attraction will be closing its gates 'for the foreseeable future' it announced on Facebook.

However, it assures that the zoo animals will continue to receive the same levels of care and attention as they do all year round.

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