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Zoo welcomes pair of pygmy slow loris babies

The two primates, named Apollo and Artemis, were born to first-time mom Mihn Yih and 7-year-old Frasier. (Photo courtesy: Little Rock Zoo)

The Little Rock Zoo family has grown by two with the birth of a boy and girl pygmy slow loris in August.

The two primates, named Apollo and Artemis, were born to first-time mom Mihn Yih and 7-year-old Frasier.

Their births are part of a Species Survival Plan by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Currently, there are 56 pygmy slow lorises in human care in zoos involved in the AZA.

"Our work in the field of conservation is one of the most important roles we have as an AZA-accredited zoo," said Director Susan Altrui. "To have not one but two babies born here is significant not just for us but for the future of this vulnerable species."

The zoo says Apollo and Artemis have been active and healthy and their mother has been attentive, making sure she is never too far from where they are as she gathers food.

The species is considered vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The biggest threats to the species' survival includes the pet trade, habitat destruction and hunting.

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