Want to hang out with a lemur? There are two ways to meet the adorable African-island dwellers. You can either make the 16,071 kilometre journey to their native home in Madagascar, or you can visit the Calgary Zoo’s fully immersive Land of Lemurs habitat. Why else should you see it? Read the top-six reasons below.
You’ll never get closer to these unique creatures
By recreating the lemurs’ actual environment, this interactive habitat is unlike any you have seen. The Calgary Zoo invites small groups of visitors into the lemurs’ world, not the other way around, which results in a fully immersive, family-friendly experience.
As you wander the enclosure, you will get to know your furry hosts firsthand as they leap, lounge and play amongst the trees.
Get into the swing of things
Traipsing about the treetops, lemurs take exploring to new heights. Even when you’re not looking up, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Truly captivating, their large distinctive eyes, mesmeric gaze and inquisitiveness make them something to behold.
Get three types of lemurs for the price of one
Whatever your temperament, you’ll find a lemur to bond with; Land of Lemurs features three distinct species: the easygoing black-and-white ruffed, the attention-grabbing red-fronted and the chatty ring-tailed varieties.
Lemurs need support
With more than 90 per cent of the 103 lemur species left on the planet at risk of extinction, the lemurs are likely one of the world’s most endangered groups of mammals. Without aid, most of them could be gone by 2050. That’s the big reason the Calgary Zoo has undertaken this. The intention is to help save the lemurs while giving Canadians a once-in-a-lifetime way to connect with them.
Every little bit helps
By learning about the lemurs’ plight, Calgarians contribute to their recovery, spreading awareness and spurring wider conversations. The Calgary Zoo is taking conservation efforts even further, teaming up with the University of Calgary, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, and investing $100,000 in research, reforestation, and ecological and population monitoring.
Intense deforestation and industrial expansion in Madagascar continue to deplete the lemurs’ natural habitat. The Calgary Zoo is hoping to turn that around by introducing nurseries and providing sustainable employment for locals, 92 per cent of whom live on just $2 per day.
Did we mention they’re adorable?
Playful and curious, visitors will have the chance to greet the inquisitive lemurs and spend some quality time together. Of course, always be respectful and keep a bit of distance – about a hoola-hoop away – at all times. Oh, and one final piece of advice: don’t stand still or you might be mistaken for a tree.
Land of Lemurs is on now at Calgary Zoo. Purchase tickets and plan your visit here – your new friends await.