By RACHAEL FREY
From the island of Madagascar off the east coast of the African continent to the island of St. George in the Bow River, spritely lemurs are taking up residence in the Calgary Zoo’s brand new Land of Lemurs exhibit on July 5. The enclosure takes advantage of the wooded area at the eastern tip of the island, near the Destination Africa exhibits, so the lemurs can climb and play to their hearts’ content in the trees. Guests can enter the lemurs’ world in a barrier-free setting, and it is the only walk-through habitat of its kind in Canada. It is home to 13 lemurs of three species: ring-tailed, red-fronted, and black-and-white ruffed.
The habitat aims to educate visitors about the plight of the lemur—of the 103 lemur species and subspecies on the planet more than 90 percent are at risk of extinction, which is why the Calgary Zoo is expanding its conservation focus to Madagascar in an effort to help one of the world’s most endangered primates. Visit their habitat at the zoo to learn what you can do to help protect these unique (and very cool!) creatures.