Firstly, the title's a bit misleading – please dont try hold them up, they tend to object quite strongly and touching is very much against our rules!! For all you insomniacs out there, you've been told to count sheep – we have the more exotic version in our Lemur Count and Feed taking place on Saturday 29th July running alongside our Up Close and Purrrrsonal Tiger Encounter to offer families with younger children an alternative due to the age restrictions with our big cat encounters.
We'll want you here bright, early and alert with your witts about you as counting our zippy little primates can be quite the challenge. We'll begin by collecting the lemur food from our animal kitchen and finding out from our friendly experienced knowledgeable keepers what they like to eat (the lemurs, not the keepers), what they dont like and what they might like but can't have so much of and make our way to the World Wide Safari, home to our packs/pride/groups of ring tailed lemurs.
Now you'll start to build empathy with our lemur keepers as we account for each and every one of our 40+ group of 4 TYPES lemurs, watch as the keepers identify them by name and it's highly likely you'll need to help us find the ones that are feeling a bit shy – we find grapes a particularly good currency for Lemur bribery! You'll hand feed and help clean out the lemur houses, refresh their beds and make sure they have a good supply of food and fresh drinking water for the day ahead.
Children will need adult supervision for this event but timings will be scheduled to allow adults to split with one attending the tiger encounter and one on the lemur count, meeting back up hungry and ready for a bacon buttie and a brew before spending the rest of the day in the park.
Children will receive a Save the Tiger themed interactive activity pack to raise awareness of the plight of the Tiger that they can complete during the rest of the day.