Great Britain’s first baby Sifaka Lemur has taken his first steps at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Born last month, Baby Yousstwo is the first breeding success for new parents Bafana and Tahina and is the first Sifaka birth in the park’s history.
Jamie Craig, curator of Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “On the night of the birth, things seemed to go perfectly from the beginning. It is enormously satisfying to watch Yousstwo develop after all the effort that has been put in by keepers – including 24-hour Sifaka watch on CCTV.
“Tahina is proving to be an exemplary mother and our success complements the conservation efforts in Madagascar perfectly.
“Yousstwo is now beginning to explore his new world and we hope he will go on to be an important part of the breeding programme.”
Bafana arrived at the Park in 2009 from Besancon Zoo in France and Tahina joined him in 2013, from the same zoo, and the pair formed an instant bond – they are the only breeding pair in the country.
Tahina is also the first hand-reared Sifaka in history to parent-rear her own offspring.
The park added that Yousstwo has ventured outside for the first time and has been seen leaping from his mother’s back and exploring his new home with great vigour.
Visitors can see Yousstwo, who will become independent at around six months old, and his parents in the Sifaka enclosure adjacent to ‘Madagascar’ – the Park’s Lemur exhibit.
Lemurs are native to Madagascar, where many Lemur species are on the verge of extinction.