Forget Madagascar - South Yorkshire sanctuary is home sweet home

lemursEB''Mouse lemurs move in to Sheffield's Tropical Butterfly House
lemursEB''Mouse lemurs move in to Sheffield's Tropical Butterfly House

IT’s a long way from Madagascar to South Yorkshire – but this cute pair are settling in just fine.

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston has welcomed the tiny grey mouse lemurs – the smallest primates in the world – as its latest stars.

Mort, four, and her daughter 10-month-old Mindy have moved in to a nocturnal enclosure with the centre’s pygmy hedgehogs.

The primates are only found on the island of Madagascar and their bodies are 10 to 15cm long.

Although related to monkeys, they have a mouse-like appearance, with glossy large eyes and round ears.

Zoo manager Andrew Reeve said they weren’t endangered but the population of mouse lemurs was decreasing. He added: “Their popularity helps raise awareness of the species.”