We’re getting ready to celebrate our five lemur species to mark World Lemur Day.
There’s a raffle with the chance to win a lemur adoption package, lemur face painting and a name the lemur teddy competition, with all proceeds going to help protect lemurs in the wild. World Lemur Day is celebrated on October 26 but we’re marking the awareness day on Monday 29th October when all money raised will support the work of the Lemur Conservation Association AEECL, a charitable organisation close to DZG’s heart. We’re proud to be backing the AEECL’s five-year education programme in Madagascar to fund nine primary school teachers who are educating people to protect their local habitats – which in turn is helping conserve lemurs. DZG Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “This is all about celebrating our fascinating lemurs and highlighting the plight these creatures face in the wild. “They are threatened by deforestation and habitat loss due to logging and agriculture and they’re targeted by hunters and poachers. “This is why the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers lemurs to be the world’s most endangered mammals and has stated that they could face extinction within the next two decades.” We’ve got five kinds of lemurs here on site including the ring-tailed, the critically endangered black-and-white ruffed, red-ruffed, collared and black lemur.