Getting a ‘jump on’ Easter

A group of leaping lemurs have got an early jump on Easter celebrations, after taking part in an egg hunt at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to mark the launch of the Zoo’s Easter Egg Trail. 

Keepers at the UK’s largest Zoo hid colourful, papier-mache eggs for the eight ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), containing their favourite treats, such as peas, sweetcorn and beans.  
The Easter Egg Trail opens this weekend (Saturday 2 April) and coincides with the re-opening of the Zoo's lemur walk-through exhibit for summer. 
Team Leader, Hayley Jakeman said: “With families coming to hunt for Easter eggs all over our massive, 600-acres here at Whipsnade Zoo, we thought our inquisitive, playful lemurs should get a chance to join in the fun. 
“We made the Easter eggs as colourful as we could, and hid eggs of various sizes, because we know how much this group of lemurs love discovering and investigating new things. 
“Hopefully families doing the Easter Egg Trail at Whipsnade Zoo over the Easter school holidays get as much joy out of it as our ring-tailed lemurs did!  
“It’s so great that as well as hunting for eggs and taking part in all the activities, visitors will also be able to come into our “In with the Lemurs” walk-through exhibit again. It will be open every afternoon, so the lemurs will be delighted that there will be new people to examine and jump around!” 
From Saturday 2 April to Sunday 24 April, children and their grown-ups can take part in an Easter egg hunt with a difference at the UK’s largest Zoo, where five giant eggs, each with a connection to one of the Zoo’s incredible animals, have been hidden by the Easter Bunny. Families can solve clues as they eggs-plore, and once they’ve cracked the code, will discover where the Easter Bunny is hiding with her sticker prizes! There are also golden eggs to be found by those with a spring in their step! Be the first to find a golden egg and win a special prize. 
Best known for its colossal beasts that graze enormous enclosures, like the Zoo’s herd of Asian elephants, the conservation zoo is home to hundreds of species, from chatty chimpanzees to adorable otters. Over Easter, guests will be able to visit a new pride of African lions currently ‘on holiday’ at Whipsnade Zoo until May while their habitat at their Suffolk home is fixed.  
Eggs-plore “In with the Lemurs” and the Easter Egg Trail, free with zoo entry, alongside the Zoo’s 10,000 animals at Whipsnade Zoo this Easter school holidays by booking at 
Our lemur walk-through will be open daily from 2 April from 12.30pm - 3.30pm. 

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