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Arun and Dacia
Ring Tailed Lemurs Lemur catta – Arun and Dacia
These two came to us at Easter 2011, being part of a seizure in a cruelty case. Arun sadly has lost his tail and many of his fingers are damaged. Dacis is is a very mischievous female and grabs her food treats if she can.
We do not know too much about their background other than they were kept in a small shed on a poor diet, their recovery has been amazing and they now enjoy playing and being outside and now eating many of the leaves nuts and fruits that form their natural diet.
Native to the island of Madagascar, this island in the Indian Ocean is off the south-eastern coast of Africa, it is the fourth largest island in the world. Ring tailed lemurs are closely protected endangered animals. Lemurs are primates found only on Madagascar and some tiny neighbouring islands, because of its geographical isolation Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Lemurs use their hands and feet to move around nimbly, but cannot grip with their tails as some of their primate cousins do. Ring tailed lemurs also spend a lot of time on the ground, which is unusual among lemur species. They forage for fruit, which makes up the greater part of their diet, but also eat leaves, flowers, tree bark and sap.
Ring tailed lemurs are endangered, largely because the sparse, dry forests they love are vanishing. In the wild their average life span is 18 years.
Did you know that experiments have shown that despite the lack of a large brain they can organise sequences, understand basic arithmetic operations and can select tools based on functional qualities.