Twycross Zoo is excited to announce the unveiling of a brand new Lemur Walk-through! Sending you inside the enclosure, for the first time in zoo history visitors will have an opportunity to walk alongside the endangered lemur and watch these primates play, leap and swing in a woodland inspired setting.
Tony Dobbs, Section Head of Primates said: “The new exhibit is so much larger and because it’s a walk-through and the public can enter the enclosure, you can get closer to the lemurs than ever before. It has taken a while to plan and build but by incorporating a lot of the existing trees the result is a very natural looking exhibit that will be a great play ground for the young lemurs.”
Two species of lemur will call the new exhibit home, including ring-tailed and black and white ruffed. Eight ring-tailed lemurs arrived at Twycross Zoo at the beginning of March.
Tony added: “The new lemur group have settled in well and have started to explore their new home. As a group of young brothers I’m sure we can be guaranteed some mischief in the months ahead.”
In the wild lemurs only exist on the small isolated island of Madagascar. In 2012 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported that an alarming 91% per cent of all lemurs in the wild are listed as a threatened on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species.
Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, added: “Our new lemur walk-through is a great addition to the Zoo’s collection of exhibits, but most importantly
it will enable us to teach the public of the plight of Madagascar and these endangered primates. Roughly 90% per cent of Madagascar’s original forest has been lost leaving the island’s inhabitants, including lemurs, little hope to survive in years to come.”
Walking with Lemurs is now open to the public week from 10am daily. Feeding time takes place at midday daily.