West Midland Safari Park will be holding a special conservation week from 11-19 March, dedicated to one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world – lemurs.
Protect Lemurs Week will aim to raise awareness not only about the threats to lemurs, but also what threatens the only place in the world they are found, the island of Madagascar.
A variety of activities will take place during the week, both at the park and online. Guests can take part in a free quiz to be entered into a prize draw, there will be a craft club with lemur-related crafts and games and there will also be the chance to meet ‘Stanley,' the park’s lemur mascot.
Additionally, the park is hosting some very special VIP lemur experiences where guests can book to meet the park’s troops of ring-tailed, red-bellied and white-fronted brown lemurs. During this experience, they will learn a bit about lemur conservation, receive a goody bag and will even get to feed the lemurs. All the funds raised during the week will go to the Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL).
Shelley Tudor, Deputy Head Keeper, said: “We decided to support the Lemur Conservation Association as our chosen keeper charity as currently around 90% of all lemur species are classified as threatened with extinction. As these animals are only found on Madagascar it is vital that we do all we can to support the charity.”
The lemurs can be seen in West Midland Safari Park’s African Village, and Protect Lemurs Week is included in the group admission charge of £10.50 for adults, £9.50 for children aged 3-15 and £10 for concessions, based on ten or more paying passengers arriving by coach or mini bus. Children under the age of three are free of charge.