Have you been following the travels of our Chief Financial Officer, Allan Pedden? Our Facebook has been following his worldly travels for the past few weeks as he makes his first trip to Africa! What on earth is Allan doing there, you ask?
Leaping to know more about lemurs? National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor is an expert of the world’s smallest primate- she’s studied them for over 20 years! Catch her as the star of November’s National Geographic Live and see how she’s been livin’ that lemur life.
Primatologist, conservationist and National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor will be in Calgary this November as the subject of the next fascinating National Geographic Live installation at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. An engaging talk for all ages, the event is specifically geared for youth in Grades 3-12.
Why is she such an expert on all things lemur? Why, only because her research has helped identify over 70 species of lemur! In the 1990’s there had only been 30 identified species of lemur, and little was known about the primates. After a visit to Madagascar, Mayor was intrigued by incredible variety of lemurs that she encountered, and began to study their genetics. Her work changed the classifications of lemurs, proving that there were many different species of lemur, instead of merely subspecies of the same primate!
This opened the door for further study of the incredible animal, and modern science now recognizes more than 100 species of lemur; these unique species all are native to the tiny island of Madagascar. Which is why the predication that all rainforest in Madagascar will be gone by 2018 is so chilling- this forest is the only place that lemurs naturally call their home. How can we help? Learning more about the issue is a great place to start, so check out Miraya Mayor’s National Geographic Live installment.
Who: Arts Commons Presents
What: National Geographic Live Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor
When: Nov 5 & 6, 2017
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets: 403-294-9494, artscommons.ca
Learn more about the Calgary Zoo’s work with lemurs, and brand new habitat Land of Lemurs! The Calgary Zoo and the University of Calgary are working in partnership with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to protect lemurs and their habitat in Kianjavato, Madagascar.
Thank you for supporting wild life conservation! When you visit the zoo and our new habitat, a portion of your membership fees go toward caring for Calgary Zoo animals as well as supporting our local and global conservation efforts.
‘Tis the season! The weather in Calgary has finally caught up to the date, and with it, brought our first taste of snow. While fall and winter enthusiasts are celebrating, warm weather lovers are seeking shelter- like our primates in Land of Lemurs! It’s time for the seasonal walkthrough to close until warmer weather returns. So when is the last day?
It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Our first spotlight is on Marc, whose long love of animals has resulted in important work with crocodiles, and trying his hand at caring for lemurs in the new Land of Lemurs building.
Meet the Zookeeper: Marc Imfeld
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?
Bringing Madagascar to Alberta! 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 be able to experience lemurs in person after months of waiting. Did you know that your visit will support exciting new conservation opportunities in Africa?
It’s the final countdooowwwwwwn! 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.