Japan Lemur ISO Mate: Must Love Trees A zoo in Japan is sending one of its lemurs to the island of Jersey in the English Channel. The primate is not being sent as a visiting attraction, but in the hope that she will find a mate.
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Japan Lemur ISO Mate: Must Love Trees

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Japan Lemur ISO Mate: Must Love Trees

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A zoo in Japan is sending one of its lemurs to the island of Jersey in the English Channel. The primate is not being sent as a visiting attraction, but in the hope that she will find a mate.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now from one relationship story to another - lemur love. A zoo in Japan is sending a female aye-aye lemur to a conservation trust on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Granted, Jersey is better-known for its cows than its lemurs, but zoologists at the island's wildlife conservation trust are hoping that the Ala, the female lemur, will get together with a male lemur for what has been described as an extended romantic vacation. The purpose of the trip is to diversify the gene pool of the species. That'll have to wait a while, though, as Ala will spend her first four months on the island in quarantine. Now, who said romance is dead?

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