Tubby lemurs lose weight to boost sex life

Bobby (left) and Noemie (right) have been on a low fat diet to shift their extra weight

By Cara Sulieman

A PAIR of lemurs have been trimming down for summer thanks to a little help from their keepers at Edinburgh Zoo.

Bobby and Noemie were piling on the pounds as they lazed around waiting for their next meal.

But after nine months of low fat food and more exercise, they have shed a kilo between them and are closing in on their target weight.

Extra weight would mean the pair being less likely to breed and, as they are an endangered species, it is important they produce offspring.

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Fun-loving monkeys give zoo-keepers the run around

03 barbary macaques holding hands edinburgh zoo (Medium)By Michael MacLeod

CHEEKY monkeys at Scotland’s biggest zoo had their keepers going ape – after spending a fourth day on the run.

They escaped on Friday afternoon after making a bid for freedom while being transferred between two enclosures.

Yesterday (Monday) zookeepers, armed with bananas and nets, were still chasing after the primates.

But the furry rebels were simply snatching the fruit from their hands and leaping back into nearby trees.

The gang of four Barbary Macaques even tried to rub shoulders with Edinburgh Zoo’s fearsome lions but were roared away – much to the amusement of tourists.
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STRUGGLING ZOO BACK IN THE BLACK: Five Sisters Zoo Numbers Soar As Easter Holidays Fast Approach

By OLIVER FARRIMOND

A STRUGGLING Edinburgh zoo has seen visitor numbers rocket after a successful few months of fund-raising.

The Five Sisters Zoo, in West Lothian, found itself on the brink of closure at the start of this year, following disappointing summer weather and the effects of the recession.

However after a profile-raising campaign of fund raising, the Polbeth zoo received a “huge” amount of public support.

And now the zoo has received record numbers of visitors for February and March – almost four times as many as last year.

Steven Dickie, education officer at the zoo, said: “The visitor numbers have almost been on par with those we usually get in the summer holidays.

“So barring bad weather in the coming months, we’re going to be around for a while yet.”