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June 30, 2017 Calgary Zoo

Leading up to Land of Lemurs – Deforestation

The island of Madagascar is the only place in which lemurs are found naturally. Photo taken in the forests of Madagascar by partners of the Calgary Zoo.

Forests are the lungs of any ecosystem. Creating fresh, breathable air, the canopies of Madagascar are also home to an incredible primate – wild lemurs. Adapted perfectly to their lush environment, over 100 species of lemur cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. They depend on trees, but Madagascar has lost upwards of 80% of its original forest. As we prepare to open Land of Lemurs on July 5, what can the Calgary Zoo do?

Deep breath. We can support by joining an incredible community conservation project. Together with the University of Calgary and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership we are currently developing community conservation programs in Kianjavato, Madagascar, to help lemurs as well as local communities!

Keep your eyes peeled- lemurs like to spend their time in the trees. The best way to spot them is to look up!

Keep your eyes peeled- lemurs like to spend their time in the trees. The best way to spot them is to look up!

We know that habitat loss continues to pose major threats to lemurs, and 93% of all lemur species on the planet are currently at risk of extinction. Our conservation initiatives will focus on: habitat restoration, lemur population monitoring, creating sustainable employment opportunities, and improving the overall quality of life. Putting communities at the heart of conservation is the key to success. Only when people prosper can nature benefit.

Here is our plan:

Replanting their native forests will help wild lemurs breathe a little easier. Let’s help out!

Join the zoo on July 5, 2017 for a spectacular beginning to the Land of Lemurs legacy in Calgary. The brand new walk-through habitat will finally be unveiled to zoo fans and visitors, who will finally be able to experience lemurs in person after months of waiting. Visiting the zoo and this habitat is the perfect opportunity to donate to these community conservation projects in Madagascar.

Lemur low-down: 

  • Land of Lemurs will open to zoo visitors on July 5, 2017.
  • Can’t wait that long? Loyal zoo members will have the opportunity for sneak peek! Eligible members will be able to explore the habitat before everyone else from June 28 – July 2, 2017.

Stay tuned for more lemur information to come leaping your way. Sneak peek updates will be posted weekly until the opening.


Thank you for supporting wildlife conversation and the launch of Land of Lemurs.
People and lemurs in Madagascar depend on forests for their livelihoods. We all play a part in helping protect and care for forests around the world.

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