The Madagascan Experience with Hoo Farm Animal Encounters is an intimate hour long experience with 4 amazing species of Madagascan Mammals

Ring-Tailed Lemur

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Black and White Ruffed Lemur

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Tailless Tenrec

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Follow your experienced Keeper to each enclosure as first you meet, feed and stroke Julian and Fang our Ring-tailed Lemurs before moving on to Obi and Joon our Black and White Ruffed Lemurs.

Two completely different species, as you feed and stroke them you will learn how their relatives are struggling to adapt in the wild.

Our Ring-tailed Lemurs were rescued before being brought to us. Our expert keepers put in long hours ensuring they felt comfortable in their new surroundings and no longer felt nervous. They will now happily come and eat from your hand whilst you tickle their bellies or stroke their backs.

The Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, a IUCN recognised Critically Endangered species, did not have that issue. When they first arrived, Joon chose her favourite place to perch was Will’s shoulders. She often replicates this with visitors when being fed.

You will finish the experience by meeting 2 of Madagascars smaller species; the Tenrecs. You will get the opportunity to hold and stroke 2 different species. The smaller, more timid ‘Lesser’ Tenrec before handling the bolder and bigger ‘Common’ Tenrec. These amazing hedgehog like animals are actually closer related to elephants and can be traced back as far as the time of the dinosaurs.

You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable member of staff at all times who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have been dying to ask.

Please be aware that as our animals welfare is of utmost importance and we are privileged to be able to get so close to these species – we will not force our animals to do anything against their nature and all interaction is done on their terms.