Lemurs do! Over the past year, the Houston Zoo has had a Coquerel’s Sifaka infant and two Ring-tailed lemurs born! Watching all of their crazy antics, we can’t help but love lemurs! Lemurs can only be found on an island off the east coast of Africa, called Madagascar. Did you know that the World Wildlife Fund has estimated that in a mere 40 years, there will be no more rainforest left in Madagascar at the rate it is being cut down? If this happens, the lemurs will no longer have a place to call home. This why we are having almost a whole week dedicated to promoting lemur conservation.
It all starts on August 31st with a three day Spotlight on Species highlighting the Coquerel’s Sifaka. This event will occur from 10 AM – 3 PM in the Wortham World of Primates every day through September 2nd. Visitors to the zoo will be able to learn all about lemurs and other animals native to Madagascar from the zookeepers who care for these species. There will also be face-painting and fun ‘lemur’ activities for the whole family. While learning about lemurs, you can also support lemur conservation. Keepers will be selling a wide variety of unique items as well as paintings completed by our zoo animals.. All of the profits will be going to support conservation efforts in Madagascar.
On September 4th & 5th, show off your lemur leaping skills by visiting Sky Zone Sports indoor trampoline park for “Leaping for Lemurs”. They will donate 25% of the proceeds on these two days to lemur conservation in Madagascar. We will also having a “Dodging Extinction” dodgeball tournament from 7 PM – 8 PM on Thursday, September 5th at the Sky Zone Sports with prizes for the winning team. The spots are limited for this tournament, so get your teams of 6 players signed up now! We look forward to seeing you come out and leap into action to help save these amazing animals!