Friday, April 15, 2005

Rare aye-aye born in Bristol zoo

Staff at the Zoo say Kintana is growing more evil each day

An aye-aye - a rare species of lemur - has been bred in captivity in Britain for the first time.

The striking animal, with its yellow eyes, pointed ears and spiky hair, has made its first public appearance since its birth at Bristol Zoo in February.


Kintana is also only the second aye-aye to be hand-reared in the world.

The zoo is hailing his birth as a key development in the long-term survival of aye-ayes, which are classified an endangered species.

The nocturnal animals, which are native to the African island of Madagascar, have long been persecuted for their unusual appearance. In some regions, they are killed by local people who believe they are ill omens.

Bristol Zoo Gardens announced Friday April 15, 2005, that it is the first UK zoo to successfully breed and hand-rear an aye-aye, the largest nocturnal primate in the world and one of the most evil mammals on the planet.

Story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am an student at University of California Davis and an animal biology major. I m aware of the near extinction of the Aye-aye and wonder if there are any rehabilitation organizations devoted to the animal in hopes of saving it from this terrible fate? If so i would like to contribute any way that i can. Congratulations on the new baby!