Chuckles at new Zoo Exhibit Published 10 July 2013, 10:00am | 0 comments
ChuckleVision star Barry Elliot opened a new state-of-the-art lemur attraction in South Yorkshire today.
The presenter, better known as one half of the Chuckle Brothers, cut the ribbon on the enclosure. The new 'Lemur Heights' is now open at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston.
The exhibit incorporates a glass-fronted indoor courtyard, leading to an outdoor area where the lemurs are free to wander among guests, allowing great interaction.
The new attraction is home to both ring-tailed lemurs and red-ruffed lemurs, which are part of a breeding programme to ensure a sustainable captive population.
Crowds of visitors came to see 68-year-old Barry unveil a commemorative plaque and open the attraction for the first time.
The zoo curator and manager, Andrew Reeve, said: "We believe we have created the leading lemur exhibit in Britain thanks to the careful planning of the enclosure with the needs of the lemurs as priority, while ensuring an unforgettable experience for the public."
Team leader, Heather Scott, said: "Visitors of all ages were excited to have their photos taken with Barry and say hello, as were all the staff. Barry was on top form when he took the microphone to introduce Lemur Heights before cutting the red ribbon."
The attraction has raised over £1,700 for the Madagascar Fauna Group, which supports research and conservation projects for more than 100 different species of lemur.