Lemur Island welcomes new residents
Tuesday 9 April 2013
Six ring-tailed lemurs have had the first glimpse of their new island home at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after travelling almost 200 miles from the Netherlands.
A group of acrobatic female lemurs have been exploring their new home on Lemur Island at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
The girls – called Chloe, Hannelies, Daphne, Helene, Naomi, and Pien – have been busy exploring their brand new island, complete with trees, logs and climbing ropes for them to scamper across.Zookeeper Hayley Jakeman said, 'They were a bit cautious to start with. It took one confident lemur who lead the way but once she had ventured out the others followed behind her.'
Ring-tailed lemurs are under threat in the wild and it is hoped that Whipsnade’s new arrivals will be joined by a group of males in the future to become part of the European Breeding Programme.
Lemur Island has live trees and climbing ropes to allow the feisty females to exercise their natural foraging and acrobatic behaviours. See photos and watch the video of the lemurs exploring their new exhibit for the first time:
Lemurs are unique in that they are found only on Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa.
Cat-sized with dense grey fur, white underparts, a black face mask and an extravagant, boldly hooped black and white tail, the ring-tailed lemur is the most instantly recognisable of all lemurs.
See the lemurs in their new home on Lemur Island at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, located next to the red pandas.