Lemur Island plans released

13 September 2013

Melbourne Zoo will soon host a state-of-the-art new home for 11 Lemurs. Taking a tour of the $4.4 million project, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith said the new exhibit would enable visitors to step through an impressive bamboo tunnel and emerge in the wonderful and mystical world of the Lemur.

The Victorian Government has contributed $4 million towards the project with the remainder raised by the Zoo. 

Lemur Island will house a bachelor troop of 11 Ring-tailed Lemurs, a species native to Madagascar. Six Lemurs are already at Melbourne Zoo and the remaining five Lemurs will be transferred from Perth Zoo and Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand.

‘This is a fantastic project and one that the Victorian Government is proud to support. It is an incredible exhibit and one that will continue to keep Melbourne Zoo at the forefront of Zoological institutions around the world', Mr Smith said.

Lemur Island will open just before Christmas this year.