Aus­tralia Zoo, QLD

Holiday with Kids - - Animal Encounters -

Le­mur mama Spin­dles and papa Ra­hona are the happy par­ents of gor­geous ring-tailed le­mur twins named Matilda and Blos­som. Jump­ing from one tree to the next, these ad­ven­tur­ous yet still adorable ba­bies are grow­ing strong within their spe­cially cre­ated habi­tat. Born in Au­gust 2016, the duo has been cling­ing to mum’s front and back, feed­ing and be­com­ing in­creas­ingly aware of their sur­round­ings. Ac­cord­ing to Mon­ica Marks, zookeeper at Aus­tralia Zoo’s Africa de­part­ment and the le­murs’ main carer, these lit­tle ras­cals will be old enough to ex­plore on their own in no time. De­for­esta­tion and habi­tat loss are the main causes for the de­creas­ing num­bers in wild le­mur pop­u­la­tions, so keep­ing these cuties happy, healthy and hopping is the key to pro­vid­ing hope for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Ade­laide Zoo, SA

Santa came early to Ade­laide Zoo last year, drop­ping a present so cute and spe­cial it had the zoo’s vets jump­ing in ex­cite­ment. The birth of a gib­bon baby – one of the four gib­bons born in the zoo over the past 130 years – is def­i­nitely an achieve­ment for a species that has lost al­most 80 per cent of its pop­u­la­tion to poach­ing and de­for­esta­tion. Both mum Viet and dad Rhe­mus have shown to be lov­ing and car­ing par­ents, chilling be­tween their night quar­ters and leafy is­land habi­tat to en­sure min­i­mal dis­tur­bance to the new­born.

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