About Whipsnade Zoo
It is one of Europe's largest conservation zoos. It is home to 6,405 animals, of which most are endangered in the wild. Whipsnade Zoo first opened in 1931 as the first open zoo in Europe to be easily accessible to the public. It was an immediate success & received over 38,000 visitors on the first day. Most of the first animals came from a bankrupt animal show, & walked from Bedford station !
At Easter 2007, the zoo opened a new walk-through lemur enclosure. This was officially by Dominic Byrne from The Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1, who is a regular visitor to the park.
About the Lemur
The term "lemur" comes from a Latin word lemures, meaning "spirits of the night" or "ghosts". This likely refers to their large, reflective eyes and the wailing cries of some species. Lemurs are primates found naturally only on the island of Madagascar. Female lemurs are in charge! This female domination is very rare in mammals, however it is observed consistently in lemurs. All the adult males exhibit submissive behavior to adult females in their daily life particularly in relation to feeding, grooming, & choice of where they sleep. So, unless they tow the line, no food, clean clothes or bed!
Dear Kilgraney, Further to your telephone conversation please find attached pictures of the Lemur enclosure. Eileen, Conmoy Construction
An exciting imaginative and one off project, with 190 vertical new pine railway sleepers forming wonderful flowing walkways to view the lemurs. A great creation that will be valued for years.