Visitors to Newquay Zoo in Cornwall this summer can meet the attraction's crowning glory - a gorgeous baby crowned lemur.

The zoo's curator of animals John Meek says: “We are thrilled to welcome this cute bundle of joy as it is a great effort towards the conservation of this endangered species. The population of crowned lemurs is dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. This, paired with the fact that they are native to only Northern Madagascar, means that there is a real possibility that the species could become extinct in the wild. So it’s become extremely important for zoos to hold this species.”

Mum Beloha is keeping her as-yet unnamed and unsexed youngster close for the time being. However, once a crowned lemur reaches adulthood they can be easily identified through their colouration. Females are predominantly grey and males are a reddish brown. Both have an orange crown pattern on the top of their head, which is where the ‘crowned’ name comes from. Beloha and her baby can be spotted climbing through the trees in the zoo's Madagascan Walkthrough exhibit. Find out more at

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