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July 19, 2017 Calgary Zoo

THE ORIGINAL LAND OF LEMURS – MADAGASCAR

Saboo the ring-tail lemur sitting on the ropes inside the lemur habitat at the Calgary Zoo.

MEET SABOO, THE RING-TAILED LEMUR!

Join us for a summer blog series about our newest members of the zoo family. Featuring our ring-tail lemur, Saboo, you will learn a bit more each month about her life at the zoo, interesting lemur facts, all about Madagascar and much more!

Look for more chapters coming soon. First off- she’s from WHERE?

 

Scientists think lemurs first arrived on the tiny island of Madagascar aboard rafts, but Saboo came to us via a much safer route — from the Bronx Zoo, with an all-female troop. Madagascar is pretty much the only place you’ll find lemurs in nature. In fact, its isolation from other land masses means the plants and animals there can’t be found anywhere else.

Saboo the ring-tail lemur makes a funny face while eating lunch.

Saboo the ring-tail lemur makes a funny face while eating lunch.

Madagascar: Top Things to Know

  • Biodiversity is a big deal: Its tropical rainforests and dry spiny forests are home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including birds, fish, and, of course, an estimated 100 species of lemurs.. Saboo might have come here from The Big Apple, but her ancestors are all from Madagascar.
  • It’s HOT. Saboo’s relatives like to sun themselves in the morning and sleep through the hottest part of the day — something Saboo and her troop do here, too.
  • Humans have changed the land. Over 90 per cent of Madagascar’s forest cover has disappeared, thanks mostly to human activity. As lemur habitat disappears, they do, too. Saboo and her troop are here to help spread the word about what’s happening in Madagascar. They’re the cutest part of our conservation efforts!
The island of Madagascar is the only place in which lemurs are found naturally.

The island of Madagascar is the only place in which lemurs are found naturally.

Follow the story of Saboo — and visit her and her friends at the Land of Lemurs — to discover why her ancestral home, Madagascar, is so important to the planet.


Introducing Rhubarb and Radish!

They’re mother and daughter red-fronted lemurs. These beautiful redheads, as we like to call them, are the least endangered of the lemur species, but they’re still under threat because of disappearing habitat.

They have a sweet tooth — they like fruit — and their chatter sounds a bit like pigs to us humans. Visit the Land of the Lemurs and other animals at the zoo – your attendance fees go toward caring for Saboo and other animals at the zoo, as well as supporting our local and global conservation efforts.

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