Lonely lemur off to new home

02:06, Mar 15 2011
NEW PLAYGROUND: Manera the lemur is leaving Brooklands Zoo, destined for a wildlife park near Tuakau, south of Auckland, to join a new group of friends.
NEW PLAYGROUND: Manera the lemur is leaving Brooklands Zoo, destined for a wildlife park near Tuakau, south of Auckland, to join a new group of friends.

Manera the lonely lemur is heading north for a new life and hopefully lots of new friends.

Brooklands Zoo's sole ring-tailed lemur leaves New Plymouth today for the Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary near Auckland, where she will join four new furry friends.

Manera has been a sad and lonely lemur since she lost her partner in crime, Sarah, last November when she became ill and had to be put down.

"Lemurs are very social animals that need companionship and it hasn't been ideal having Manera on her own at Brooklands Zoo," Pukekura Park curator Chris Connolly said.

"While we're sad to see her go, we're really happy that she'll get to socialise again."

Mr Connolly said zoo staff are on the hunt for a new attraction for the lemur enclosure.

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