Philadelphia Zoo Reveals Brand New Lemur Island

Tomorrow!!!!! - Thursday, June 26, 2008 10:00 a.m.
June 25, 2008 1:42:12 PM PDT
Discover Lemur Island at the Philadelphia Zoo. Watch as exotic black-and- white ruffed lemurs experience life on their new island located in the middle of Bird Lake. The lemurs are learning all about their new home as they climb, leap and explore the new habitat created especially for them. Visitors can view Lemur Island near the main path at Lemur Lookout or get a unique view by swan boat. Lemur Island is home to Huey, Dewey, Casey and Cleo, all siblings born at the Zoo in 2006 and 2007. "It's exciting to see the lemurs explore to the tops of the trees and the edges of the shoreline," said Desiree Haneman, the lemur keeper. "It's a great opportunity for them to discover new surroundings. Just as exciting is watching the visitors experience the lemurs in a whole new way." Desiree and the primate keeper team have been working for months to prepare for this dynamic new exhibit.

At the Rainforest Adventure Maze, located at the entrance to the Swan Boats, guests can learn all about black-and- white ruffed lemurs and their native environment, the island of Madagascar. Children can mimic the Zoo's lemurs as they test their jumping skills inside the maze and learn about the dangers this spectacular species faces in the wild, such as habitat loss and hunting.

The Zoo is a member of the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG), a group of North American and European zoos that funds and carries out conservation projects in Madagascar, helping to preserve lemurs and other wildlife unique to the island. One of the successes of our partnership with the MFG was the release of ruffed lemurs born in U.S. zoos back into the wild at the Betampona Reserve. The Philadelphia Zoo also participates in the Ruffed Lemur Species Survival Plan, a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, through which endangered species are managed to maintain genetically and demographically healthy zoo populations. More information about lemurs below.

Be sure to come to the Zoo soon! Lemur Island and the Rainforest Adventure Maze are only open until Labor Day.