Rescued lemur travels to Britain

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 May, 2010, 12:00am

A rare lemur has begun a new life in Britain after spending a year in Hong Kong when it was found running around an industrial building in Sham Shui Po.

The South China Morning Post reported earlier that the seven-year-old, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, which was illegally imported, was found in the building in May last year after being abandoned by its owner. It was captured by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conversation Department in what it said it was the first case it knew of one being kept as a pet.

Native to Madagascar, the lemur has been cared for at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden until a place was available in the breeding programme at the Rare Species Conservation Centre in Kent.

'The fat-tailed dwarf lemur has a high conservation value. Because it is not native to Hong Kong, we decided to send it to the Rare Species Conservation Centre, which runs one of the best breeding programmes of rare animals in the world,' a Kadoorie spokesman told the South China Morning Post.

It is the tiniest of the species listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.