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Public asked for help naming baby lemur
The recent arrival was born in March, to 10-year-old mother Kirindy and seven-year-old father Berenti.

Ring-tailed lemur is one of many spring births

Woburn Safari Park is asking members of the public to help choose a Malagasy name for its baby ring-tailed lemur.

The recent arrival was born in March, to 10-year-old mother Kirindy and seven-year-old father Berenti. He weighed just 30g at birth, the equivalent of a golf ball.

All of the park’s lemurs have Malagasy names, as it is the national language of the species’ native Madagascar.

Members of the public can now suggest names for the young male lemur, as part of an online competition. The winner will receive a VIP experience for up to four people to meet the lemurs up-close in their enclosure.

Animal keeper Louise Moody said: “You can see how proud Kirindy is, and she loves to show him off to visitors coming through their walk-through enclosure each day. Ring-tailed lemurs are really sociable, so we’ll see the whole troop play a role in bringing up the babies.”

The zoo has seen a baby boom this spring; also welcoming two critically endangered addax calves, two elands, red-necked wallaby babies and a female lemur.

Image © Woburn Safari Park
 

 

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”