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Zoo Buddy: Ring-tailed lemurs!

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 10:18 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - We’re back at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo meeting their ring-tailed lemur, Bam Bam. You can see him right when you walk into the zoo on an island behind the flamingo exhibit.

“Ring-tailed lemurs love the sun and they usually hang out in groups of 5 to 15, and I call it they’re ‘worshiping the sun god’ because they’re out there stretched, taking a suntan, getting warmed up for their day because they’re pretty diurnal,” explains Lisa Taylor, General Curator at the zoo.

She says all lemurs are from the island of Madagascar.

There’s another lemur on the island with Bam Bam, a brown lemur named Brownie. Taylor says brown lemurs are usually nocturnal, but because he hangs out with Bam Bam all day long he’s becoming diurnal.

They’re also very social animals.

“Lemurs typically are pretty docile animals when it comes to humans and stuff like that and they pretty much live in the tree canopy, you hardly ever see them come down to the ground in the wild cause they want to stay up high and away from predators,” explains Taylor. “[…] And what’s pretty interesting about these guys is they can get territorial sometimes, and they have “stink fights”. With this beautiful ring-tail, that has 13 stripes on it exactly, they actually take their tail and bring it between their legs and they have little glands on their wrists and they rub their tail with the glands, and then they take their tail and throw it over the back of them, shake it, and try to scare away other lemurs with their scent to become more dominant.”

You can find more information about ring-tailed lemurs here and more about brown lemurs here.

The zoo is open every day of the week between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and you can call them for more information at (318) 329-2400.

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