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Welsh Mountain Zoo welcome lemurs in new exhibit

Published date: 10 August 2011 |
Published by: Aaron Haley
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COLWYN Bay’s Welsh Mountain Zoo has revealed innovative plans to build a walk-through lemur enclosure as their latest attraction.

The enclosure which will feature a raised walkway leading to a central viewing platform above the 900 square metre habitat, is expected to be completed by late September.

The attraction, which is the first of its kind in North Wales, offers visitors a chance to see the lemurs at close quarters.

Zoological director Nick Jackson said he was delighted to welcome the endangered primates to the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

He said: “We are really excited as we await the arrival of lemurs as this will be the first time that these wonderful primates from Madagascar have been seen here.

“There are at least eight species of Lemur on the critically endangered list and 18 species on the endangered species list.

The enclosure will also feature a special partitioned area to encourage breeding amongst an endangered species of Lemur, with Welsh Mountain officials currently in consultation with other zoos before deciding which species are most suitable to bring in.

The new attraction has been funded thanks to a donation from John Blewett, a life member of the Zoological Society of Wales.

Nick Jackson said: “It is particularly pleasing that a generous financial donation from our friend and supporter John Blewett has made this development possible and enabled us to combine a walk-through lemur encounter for the public with a conservation breeding unit."

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