We have turned our daughter’s lemurs obsession into an opportunity for our family to learn more about the endangered species of Madagascar. After reading several non-fiction books about lemurs from our library, we love to go the zoo and see the lemurs in action.
Do you have a little one who is in love with a certain animal?
Do some research to find out more about it and learn together!
To enrich your experience even more, take a field trip to the zoo to get up close and personal with special animals, and many times you will learn more about them and species from the same region. We have looked into zoos that care for lemurs, and found that in the US and abroad, there are several places to experience these bouncing bundles of energy.
For an incredible up-close experience, the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina is the “world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates.” They offer several tours as a guest in the lemur habitats, behind-the-scene, or even as “lemur keeper” for the day.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, in Nebraska has an exhibit called “Expedition Madagascar” that showcases several types of lemurs and other unique creatures and has partnered with Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) to educate about conservation. Through its WildCare Institute, the St. Louis Zoo also has partnered with the Center for Conservation in Madagascar and its researchers work with professionals in Madagascar to protect the remaining lemur population. You can view several lemurs in their primate house.
US Zoos with Lemurs:
The National Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens (FL)
Brookfield Zoo (IL)
Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
Nashville Zoo (KY)
Oregon Zoo (Portland, OR)
The Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA)
International Zoos with Lemurs:
Outside of the US there are many opportunities to see lemurs as well. For lemur encounters in Australia, the Australia Zoo (north of Brisbane) offers the chance to hand feed their ring-tailed lemur troop. You can also see lemurs at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. In the UK, there are many different zoos that care for lemurs. One especially well-designed exhibit is “Madagascar” in the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
- Singapore Zoo
- São Paulo Zoo
- Leipzig Zoo, Germany
- Bioparc Valencia, Spain
- Zürich Zoologischer Garten, Switzerland
- Toronto Zoo, Canada
Let me know if you know of any other places to learn about lovely lemurs!
Also check out Turning Favorite Animals into Global Lessons, and Books for Lemur Lovers.
Akron Zoo in Akron Ohio has many lovely lemurs! I believe that the Cleveland zoo also in Ohio also has some. I know they have Fossa.
Oooh, that is good to know!!!! 🙂 We haven’t been there, but would love to visit!
John Rose says
Point Defiance zoo and Aquarium (PDZA) in Tacoma WA has lemurs in KidZone area
Oh, very cool!!!