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Overweight Lemurs go to fat camp

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 9:05am

A total of 17 lemurs have recently been relocated to an enclosure as part of a weight loss program at the Kunming Zoo in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The group of lemurs from Madagascar, which have been living at the zoo in comfort for years, were found to be overweight due to their rich diet and low amount of physical activity.

As a result of the lemurs' weight problem, the Kunming Zoo has renovated its Swan Lake Island feeding area to serve as a their new dwelling. A small wooden house was also constructed on the island for the small primates.

"Some of the lemurs have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. We asked for advice from the public to improve their (health) situation," said Li Li, a staff member of the zoo's marketing department.

"One five-year old girl who drew a picture of an island for the lemurs on her micro blog gained a lot of popularity, so we rebuilt Swan Lake Island. We have also obtained five stronger lemurs to participate in the group's adaptability assessment," Li added.

Five of the lemurs will move onto the island before the others in order to slowly ease them into their new environment. 

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