Have you heard about the exciting new Lemur Loop experience coming to Marwell Zoo this Summer?
Yesterday, the boys and I were welcomed to the Press Preview for the brand new exhibit, which opens on Friday 7th July.
Lemur Loop, part of the zoo’s £17m investment programme, is home to four different species of lemur. It features an indoor viewing area in the Evolution Hub and also, an outdoor walkthrough area for guests to enjoy.
The furry residents include Alaotran gentle lemurs (Hapalemur alaotrensis), black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata), crowned lemurs (Eulemur coronatus) and ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta).
They are joined in the exhibit by a new species for Marwell – two green peafowl (Pavo cristatus).
Marwell visitors will be able to get up close to the super cute and inquisitive primates and also, observe them as they explore their fascinating new habitat.
The walkthrough is beautifully landscaped and, is the perfect densely planted lemur environment. Even Hudson tried making a run for it and wanted to move in…
The exhibit focuses on the evolution of the species and begins in the Evolution Hub.
Zoo staff are always on hand to teach visitors about the lemur troop and their habitats; from learning about the story of lemur evolution and diversity, to taking part in observation and skills-based activities.
The staff were brilliant and had plenty of time for the children. Jack (2) loved getting involved and seemed very well occupied and entertained during our visit.
Here are some fascinating facts which we learned during our visit to the Lemur Loop:
• Lemurs are native to Madagascar. There, they evolved into many different species.
• The evolutionary history of the Lemur occurred in isolation from other primates.
• They once lived in Africa and Asia but became extinct there due to competition from monkeys.
• Lemur is Latin for “ghosts” or “spirits for the night” and their tails are longer than they are.
• Humans not only have hunted lemurs but have also destroyed their habitats through deforestation.
• As a result, all Lemurs are now an endangered species.
I can see that the new exhibit will be a very welcomed and much loved experience for Marwell Zoo guests. I found the whole experience very interesting and loved watching the Lemurs enjoying their new home. They certainly didn’t seemed phased by the visitors and seemed very comfortable in their surroundings.
We would highly recommend a visit and will definitely be back!
To plan your visit or find out more, visit the Marwell Zoo website.