Lemur exhibit gives boost to SC Aquarium

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A popular exhibit featuring the animals of Madagascar has given the South Carolina Aquarium a boost this year.

Nearly 9,000 more people have visited the aquarium this year over the same period last year.

The 4,000-square-foot Madagascar Journey began a 3-year run in May. The exhibit features giant geckos, parrots and a Nile crocodile, but aquarium spokeswoman Kate Dittloff says the ring-tailed lemurs have been the main draw.

The father, Chandler, and his three sons, Cebes, Herodotus and Limerick, are on loan from the Duke Lemur Center in Durham. The active animals climb branches, munch grapevine leaves and raisins, then huddle together up a tree for a midday snooze.

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