According to smart people who study fossils, the ancient lemur survived Madagascars separation from continental Africa by boogie-boarding across the ocean on a large clump of plant life. Thats hard-core. Lemurs are cousins to your run-of-the-mill monkey, but with freakishly reflective eyes and a toilet claw that serves the same purpose as your loofah sponge. These little guys are way cooler than any Curious George weve met. If you want to see for yourself, head to Jungle Island for the Lemur Experience, a chance to meet the black-and-white-ruffed, the red-ruffed, and a few ring-tailed ones too.
Youll get to do more than shake their little hands. For 45 minutes, youll be allowed to touch, hold, and play with a lemur, plus a park keeper will tell you a bit about them. Kids under the age of six arent allowed, but a maximum of three people can join in for $45 per person, or solo for $60. Call 305-400-7000, or visit www.jungleisland.com.
Sun., Aug. 24, 2008