The Cotswold Wildlife Park actively engages in lemur conservation both in the wild and through their awareness raising programs in the United Kingdom. In addition, the park’s walkthrough Madagascar exhibit allows visitors to get an up-close look at the lives of lemurs and other fascinating creatures from Madagascar.
Lemurs at the Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park houses an extensive collection of lemurs, including:
- Crowned sifaka (Propithecus coronatus)
- Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus)
- Alaotran gentle lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis)
- Red bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)
- Ring tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
- Mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus)
- Collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris)
- Black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)
Supporting Lemur Conservation
This project aims to protect Crowned Sifaka in forest fragments in Central and Western Madagascar. Very small family groups of this species have been found in tiny patches of the remaining forest, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park, along with other partners, is working towards the management of these groups. The Cotswold Wildlife Park has provided funding, camping equipment, radios, capture equipment and technical assistance. Techniques learned from this project may well prove extremely useful, not only for the population of Crowned Sifaka, but for many other species throughout the world that are currently at risk from habitat destruction.
This project is dedicated to the discovery and protection of new groups of bamboo lemurs, one of the worlds most endangered primates. The Cotswold Wildlife Park has been heavily involved with this project since its inception and has watched it grow in recent years. In fact, the Cotswold Wildlife Park’s own captive bamboo lemurs have provided an interesting case study in the behaviors and habits of these species and have helped inform research programs of wild populations.