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RUBiS donates a year's worth of fuel to BZS
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 17: RUBIS has gifted a year’s worth of diesel boat fuel to the Bermuda Zoological Society, it was announced today.


Aquarium shark released back into the wild
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A shark called Osbourne has been released back to the sea by the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo.


Aquarium shark gets his freedom
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Osbourne the shark went from the North Rock Exhibit to North Rock itself as he was released into the wild.


BAMZ shark goes wild
Monday, March 19, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 19: The Department of Conservation Service today announced that it has released its seven-year-old male Galapagos shark back into the wild for health reasons.


Unlocking the Secrets of Sea Turtle Migration
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Newswise — Sea turtles have long and complex lives; they can live into their 70s or 80s and they famously return to their birthplace to nest. But new research suggests this isn’t the only big migration in a sea turtle’s life.



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New lemurs arrive at BAMZ
Bermuda Sun
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5/29/2012 3:00:00 PM
BAMZ press release

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Lemurs explore the Bermuda Aquarium,
Museum & Zoo's Madagascar Exhibit, which
will be closed until early June to allow the
animals to settle into their new home.
*Photo by Dr. Ian Walker

TUESDAY, MAY 29: Three new Bermuda residents—a trio of ring-tailed lemurs—are getting used to their home inside the Madagascar Exhibit at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo.

The Zoo’s free-flight, walk-through exhibit will be temporarily closed to the public until early June while the lemurs settles into their new surroundings.

“We are delighted to add these fascinating creatures to this world-class exhibit so that our visitors, particularly students and children, can see and learn about the endangered animals of Madagascar and other threatened islands,” says Dr. Ian Walker, BAMZ Principal Curator. “We ask people to be patient while these animals get comfortable inside the exhibit before it is re-opened to visitors.”

The lemurs—a male called Elmer and two unrelated sisters, Petunia and Penelope—came from Sacramento Zoo in California, where they had lived together as a family unit. “They are very comfortable around people,” says Dr. Walker, adding there are no plans to breed the lemurs.

Madagascar: Land of Mystery and Wonder opened last November—the first large new exhibit in a decade at BAMZ, underscoring the facility’s mission “to inspire appreciation and care of island environments.” It was funded by lead sponsor HSBC in partnership with the Bermuda Government, Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS), the Department of Conservation Services, plus corporate and private donors.

The exhibit links Bermuda’s own conservation challenges with those of Madagascar—where a majority of plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth. Lemurs are one of Madgascar’s endemic animals—with an astonishing 80 different species, ranging from tiny pygmies to child-size creatures. Lemurs live in many regions of the Indian Ocean island, but their habitats are fast disappearing.

The Zoo exhibit showcases Madagascar’s diversity by highlighting features such as caves, a waterfall, wetlands, and the limestone fortresses of the biodiverse northern Tsingy region. The three new lemurs can roam freely on the exhibit’s large shady trees and impressive rockscapes that are fashioned to mimic the cathedral-like limestone towers of the Tsingy region.

Other compelling species already featured in the exhibit include tiny mantella frogs, tomato frogs, ground boas, endangered radiated tortoises, African helmeted turtles, buttonquails and a cat-like fossa—Madagascar’s top predator.

“The introduction of lemurs to the Madagascar Exhibit adds another dimension to what we hope will be an educational and entertaining attraction to residents and Bermuda visitors,” says Walker.

BZS is the support charity for Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, funding a full slate of education programmes, conservation and research projects, exhibits and community outreach events. BAMZ is a Bermuda government institution within the Department of Conservation Services.