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This pair came to us from a sanctuary that closed down.
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.