Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 5 December 2020

Trio of ring-tailed lemurs arrive at Dubai's Green Planet rainforest

The Madagascan natives are an endangered species

If you have big fans of Madagascar in your family, a trip to The Green Planet will likely soon be on the cards.

Dubai's indoor tropical rainforest has welcomed three ring-tailed lemurs into its midst: a 3-year-old female, and a 1-year-old brother and sister duo.

The critters, which were born in a care facility in Europe, are native to the island nation of Madagascar.

Scroll through the gallery above to see more photos of The Green Planet's ring-tailed lemurs.

Ring-tailed lemurs are an endangered species, with fewer than 2,000 known individuals left in the wild due to deforestation, the illegal pet trade and poaching.

The Green Planet's trio will be part of the facility's conservation breeding initiative when they are older.

The lemurs can already be spied in the attraction's tropical bio-dome, alongside the 3,000 exotic plants and animals who already call the rainforest home.

“The Green Planet team has been planning to bring lemurs into our family for some time now," said the City Walk attraction in a statement.

"All have settled very well, and we are very happy to welcome them to the family to share their education message on tropical Madagascan endangered wildlife to all our guests.”

According to The Green Planet, the lemurs can often be found hanging out with sloths or playing with the forest's Victorian crowned pigeons.

The primates, known for their distinctive black-and-white tails which are longer than their bodies, are arguably the most recognisable species of the lemur family. This is partly due to the animation franchise Madagascar, in which Sacha Baron Cohen voices the ring-tailed lemur, King Julien.

The Green Planet has welcomed a couple of new additions in recent months, including a slow loris that was born on site on May 15. The attraction, which officially reopened on June 1, also welcomed the UAE's first tamandua, a small type of anteater, this summer.

Updated: November 3, 2020 11:24 AM

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