Lemurs under real threat
Bowdlenews No. 4 – August 2018
Seriously worrying news that Lemurs are reported to be one of the most endangered species in the world today. 95% of all lemur species could disappear from earth if Madagascar doesn’t take action now. There is hope however, not least from a positive project for Lemurs near to some of the schools who have already submitted drawings of their fantasy animals to the Bowdleflode website. At Longleat there is a wonderful collection of Lemurs.
A rescued ring-tailed lemur gave birth to twins at Longleat back in 2014 and here they are enjoying a spot of sunbathing with mum Hasina.
Hasina and dad Julien are part of a small troop of the playful Madagascan primates which live in a walkthrough enclosure at this important Wiltshire Safari Park, such facilities are essential to prevent extinction. Both their parents were rescued as youngsters from unsuitable living conditions, but sadly still bear the scars of their ill treatment Hasina has some of her fingertips missing and Julien only has half a tail.
101 species, 22 critically endangered 48, 20 vulnerable according to IUCN International Union for Conservation & Nature’s red list.
Hasina is a very laid back experienced mum.
Lemurs love sunshine and often face the sun sitting in what is described as a sun-worshipping posture. Sunning is often a group activity, particularly during the cold mornings. At night, they often make sleeping parties, huddling closely together to keep warm. Longleat’s spacious Lemur Walkthrough enclosure is home to both ring-tailed and brown lemurs with extensive rope swings and wooden walkways which provide the lemurs with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their extraordinary agility and climbing skills.
If you are near Longleat, and contemplating a visit, then please try and make time to see the Lemurs as well as all the other animals in the Safari Park. The estate is now contributing significantly to the care and protection of Endangered Species, both at Longleat and in the wild and win awards for their conservation efforts.