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19 December 2013

The new Lemur Island exhibit was officially opened today by Minister for the Environment Ryan Smith.

Nine Ring-tailed Lemurs are busily exploring their spacious new home.

Visitors to the innovative exhibit will be sharing that space with the active and agile Lemurs.

It will be up to the Lemurs to decide where they want to walk, climb, leap, sit, or snooze, so there will be a good chance that visitors will have a chance to get close to these amazing creatures.

The exhibit landscaping reflects their native habitat, on the fringes of the rainforest on the island of Madagascar, the only place where Lemurs are found.

The nine male Lemurs forming the bachelor group have met quite recently, with some already resident at Melbourne Zoo being introduced to new arrivals from New Zealand and from Perth Zoo.

Minister Smith says ‘This exhibit is world leading, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with Ring-tailed Lemurs in an immersive experience to interact with these endearing animals.’

The exhibit will open to Zoo visitors on Saturday.