The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. It belongs to Lemuridae, one of five lemur families, and is the only member of the Lemur genus. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Known locally in Malagasy as maky ([makʲ] ( listen), spelled maki in French) or hira, it inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of extant lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours. [credits: Wikipedia]
Follow your experienced Keeper to each enclosure as first you meet, feed and stroke Julian and Fang our Ring-tailed Lemurs before moving on to Obi and Joon our Black and White Ruffed Lemurs.
Two completely different species, as you feed and stroke them you will learn how their relatives are struggling to adapt in the wild.
Our Ring-tailed Lemurs were rescued before being brought to us. Our expert keepers put in long hours ensuring they felt comfortable in their new surroundings and no longer felt nervous. They will now happily come and eat from your hand whilst you tickle their bellies or stroke their backs.
The Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, a IUCN recognised Critically Endangered species, did not have that issue. When they first arrived, Joon chose her favourite place to perch was Will’s shoulders. She often replicates this with visitors when being fed.
You will finish the experience by meeting 2 of Madagascars smaller species; the Tenrecs. You will get the opportunity to hold and stroke 2 different species. The smaller, more timid ‘Lesser’ Tenrec before handling the bolder and bigger ‘Common’ Tenrec. These amazing hedgehog like animals are actually closer related to elephants and can be traced back as far as the time of the dinosaurs.