The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is debuting a new look and an official launch to the public of the north Lemur Island, which is now the home for ring-tailed lemurs Avery, Herbie, Milo and Otis. On August 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Zoo’s Lemur Islands, guests can meet the Zoo’s four newest residents at an official ribbon “untying” honoring the animals. The ceremonial ribbon will be recycled and reused as part of the Zoo’s conservation mission.
Volunteer Manager Joe Landmichl will welcome guests and recognize the Zoo volunteers who helped renovate the lemurs’ new home. Alex Longo, a 15-year-old who was vital in building nighthouses for the lemurs as part of the Lemur Island renovations as part of a service project to become an Eagle Scout with Troop 141 out of West Palm Beach, will assist another volunteer to untie the ribbon during the debuting ceremony.
Avery and Herbie are one-year-old brothers, and Milo and Otis are three-years-old brothers. Ring-tailed lemurs are primates found in Madagascar, easily recognized by their long, black and white ringed tails. Their species is classified as endangered because of habitat destruction in the wild.
- WHAT: Ribbon “untying” ceremony officially debuting the renovated Lemur Island, followed by a Ring-Tailed Lemur Keeper Talk
- WHEN: Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.
- WHERE: Lemur Islands on the Zoo map, north of Siamang Island
“We are excited to debut these ring-tailed lemur brothers,” said Associate Curator Nancy Nill. “They are energetic and active, so people will be able to see behaviors that they would exhibit in the wild. If at first you don’t see them, look up! They like to hang out in the treetops, just like they would in Madagascar.”