LEMUR-RAMA

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Make way for the lemurs. From the is­land of Mada­gas­car off the east coast of the African con­ti­nent to the is­land of St. Ge­orge in the Bow River, the spritely pri­mates are tak­ing up res­i­dence in the Calgary Zoo’s brand new Land of Lemurs ex­hibit on July 5. The en­clo­sure will take 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. The habi­tat aims to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about the plight of the lemur—of the 105 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 (page 33).

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