Australia Zoo, QLD
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.