Lost Madagascar - Colchester Zoo's first lemur walkthrough enclosure!
Around 165 million years ago, Madagascar started to become separated from Africa by a vast body of water. This isolation led to the evolution of a primate found nowhere else in the world...the lemur!
Lost Madagascar is Colchester Zoo's very own little piece of Madagascar right in the centre of the park, providing visitors a unique and immersive experience and allowing the chance to be closely surrounded by these charismatic, popular animals. Discover a troop of ring-tailed lemurs within an exciting habitat. Watch them leap around you as you stroll through their serene retreat
All visitors to Lost Madagascar start their journey on the ranger guided 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train, where you are taken across countries and continents before disembarking at Lost Madagascar, where the adventure really begins!
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
Distribution: South West Madagascar.
Status: Near Threatened and listed on Appendix I of CITES
We have a successful breeding group of Ring-tailed Lemurs that are part of an EEP breeding programme. They are fed a diet of fruit and vegetables and pellets and sometimes even baked potatoes! This can be given to them in a scatter feed, which encourages them to search for their food like they would do in the wild. The keepers will also place the food into enrichment items making the lemurs to work really hard for their meal.
Red-bellied Lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)
Distribution: Eastern Madagascar
Status: Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES.
Our small group of Red-bellied Lemurs can also be seen in the Lost Madagascar exhibit, foraging for food and sunbathing!