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Luxury lemur pad is latest home wired by Clarkson Evans

May 27, 2015

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Creature comforts were installed as standard when we were drafted in to wire a new house with a difference at a centre for endangered animals in Bristol.

Normally electricians from Clarkson Evans are trusted to wire new houses and apartments for some of the UK’s leading house builders, including Redrow Homes, who were also involved in the project.

However our latest assignment saw them installing lighting, sockets and the heating system power into the new home of two white-belted ruffed lemurs at The Wild Place Project in Bristol.

Specialist electrician Nigel Mather took on the task and did a sterling job over two days, playing his part in helping to support the ongoing care of the two endangered animals, Hebus and Ihosy, who travelled from France to make The Wild Place Project their home.

John Partridge, Senior Curator of Animals, said: “Hebus and Ihosy are really enjoying their new home. We hope they will go on to start a family. With only 40 of these lemurs in human care, every birth is important to the survival of the species.”

Head of Sales and Marketing at Clarkson Evans, Elaine Hodgin, said: “We were delighted to play our part in helping this young, furry couple move into their first home in Bristol. The quality workmanship employed in this project should mean Hebus and Ihosy will be warm and cosy in their new home for many years and we look forward to working on the family extension when their offspring come along!”

Part of Bristol Zoo, the Wild Place Project, based at Blackhorse Hill, near Cribbs Causeway, is bringing conservation to life for thousands of families across the south west.

White-belted ruffed lemurs come from eastern Madagascar and are critically endangered. They are threatened by habitat loss through logging, agriculture, mining and other developments in Madagascar. Madagascar has one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet and more than 80 percent of its forests have disappeared since the 1950s, leaving many species in danger of extinction.

As their name suggests, white-belted ruffed lemurs have a band of white hair in the middle of their uniformly black backs.

Visitors to Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo and find out how they are helping to conserve them in the wild. Guests can also take a stroll in the woods, relax in the Tower Meadow or have fun in the undercover Fun Fort.