Lemurs at Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo will soon move to a bachelor pad designed by zoo experts.
Designed by the zoo’s keepers and horticulturalists, “In with the Lemurs” is a new walk-through exhibit through the Madagascan shrub forest, where the primates will be leaping, climbing and lounging in their purpose-built enclosure.
Opening on March 28 the exhibition will allow visitors to get closer than before to a troop of ring-tailed lemurs and one black and white ruffed lemur. Renowned sun worshippers, the species loves nothing more than an afternoon spent sunbathing.
With this in mind, the zoo’s architects mapped the path of the sunlight on the new exhibit to ensure their basking platforms are purposefully located to maximise lounging time.
With an uncertain future in the wild, lemurs face a daily struggle to survive due to extensive habitat loss and over-hunting. “In with the Lemurs” will give visitors a glimpse of these threats in the exhibit’s replica timber mill, highlighting the devastating effect the industry has on the lemurs’ wild habitat.
Ring-tailed lemurs are classified as endangered on The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, as are black and white ruffed lemurs, which are also listed on international conservation charity ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme, due to the threat to their survival and evolutionary distinctiveness. For more information, visit www.zsl.org