Saturday, 7 May 2011

Captivated (Ring Tailed Lemur), Blackpool Zoo

Cropped shot from a visit to the zoo to continue a brief wildlife theme. They have a wonderful, walk-through lemur exhibit at Blackpool zoo, which allows you to get up close to these super characters.

Does anyone know why lemurs aren't widespread pets? Maybe too mischievous or clever or intrinsically wild? If someone knows for sure, I'd be very interested in finding out.

I do know how they're named, assuming my grandmother could be trusted, which is moot. In Madagascar people believed that Lemurs were the spirits of the dead. Lemures being latin for ancestral ghosts, Europeans named them thus. They also played a big role in the discovery of continental drift. Which you might not have suspected.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and look forward to catching up.