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How Does Yoga With A Lemur Sound?

By Victoria M. Walker

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An English hotel offers you the chance to get your zen on in a unique way. But instead of yoga with beer or goats, you can practice your lotus position with a lemur. Yes, a lemur.

The Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa in Cumbria, two hours away from Glasgow, is giving guests the opportunity to practice “lemoga” alongside the lemurs. The £495.00 ($647) for two package comes with the yoga session, a three-course dinner, overnight lodging, and a spa treatment.

Apparently, the lemurs have some yoga moves of their own.

“When you watch lemurs they do some form of the poses naturally – that typical pose warming their bellies in the sunshine,” Richard Robinson, the manager of nearby Lake District Wildlife Park, told BBC. “It seemed to be a really good combination to encourage people to have a go and spend time with a lemur.”

“Lemurs can also be seen at any time warming themselves in a typical yoga pose – the Lotus position,” according to a fact-sheet from the Lake District Wildlife Park. “This is something the Lemurs adopt themselves.”

Reviews online suggest the exhibit is highly popular.

“Such wonderful animals,” one user wrote on TripAdvisor. “An hour of joy,” another wrote.

Lemurs are native to Madagascar. According to a report from the Global Wildlife Conservation, lemurs are on the brink of extinction. The report classified 105 of the 111 lemur species were deemed to be critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable to extinction.

“This is, without a doubt, the highest percentage of threat for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates,” said Russ Mittermeier, the organization’s chief conservation officer.

“Madagascar’s unique and wonderful species are its greatest asset, its most distinctive brand and the basis for a major ecotourism industry,” Mittermeier continued.

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Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.

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