26 / 10 / 2017
Let’s celebrate World Lemur Day
Tomorrow (Fri Oct 27) is World Lemur Day and we thought we would share some of our favourite pictures of these charismatic animals.

They were taken at Bristol Zoo Gardens and our sister site Wild Place Project which is just off junction 17 of the M5.

Every one of these lemurs is cute and every one of them is important because their species  is under threat.

They are found only in the wild on the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa.

But their numbers have fallen because their natural habitat is being destroyed by people felling trees to make space for farming. They are also hunted for food.

They have been described as some of the most endangered animals on the planet.

Bristol Zoological Society is amongst a number of organisations working to try to save lemurs in the wild especially the blue-eyed black lemur which is amongst the rarest.

Enjoy the pictures but remember the brothers and sisters of these lemurs are facing a fight for survival.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the support of its visitors to fund its animal conservation work in the zoo and with endangered species around the world.

Of the 113 extant lemur species, 24 are now classified Critically Endangered, 49 are Endangered, and 20 are Vulnerable, equating to 94 percent of the world’s lemur species for which sufficient data is available.
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