Lemurs star in aquarium's next big exhibit

Aquarium officials weren't sure Thursday what type of lemurs will be housed in their Madagascar exhibit that opens in March 2012. Pictured is a ring-tailed lemur.

The South Carolina Aquarium next year will get a taste of life on an island off of Africa.

The waterfront tourist facility on Concord Street will add “Madagascar” as the new exhibit in March, and the star attraction will be lemurs until 2015, the aquarium board announced today.

Preliminary plans call for two to four lemurs and possibly other animals.

To make way for the new feature, the Camp Carolina exhibit, which has been in place for four years, will be dismantled, the bald eagle exhibit will be moved to the second floor, and elements of Toddler Cove will be dispersed through other exhibits, including the new “Madagascar” set up.

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“It’s going to be rather large,” aquarium spokeswoman Kate Dittloff said of the new exhibit.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.