We have had a lot to do in order to prepare for their arrival, including research, raising funds to buy materials for their enclosure and building the habitat that will be their new home at CARE.
We also wanted to offer up a great opportunity to people who were interested in adopting a lemur. The normal monthly donation for a lemur adoption will be $50. However, for anyone willing to donate $500 up front to help pay for the initial materials and construction, will not only have their adoption paid in full for the year, but will be able to NAME their lemur! How exciting is that?
Four of the five lemurs have already been adopted. But, we still have one more that needs a loving parent(s). If you are interested in adopting the remaining lemur, please contact us.
The lemur enclosure is really coming along as well. The main structure has been completed and fencing is being put up. The indoor housing structure that will be heated to keep the primates warm during the colder months is almost done. We are still working on installing platforms, nesting areas, and lots of ropes for them to swing on.
Information and Facts
Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Black Lemurs,
The word Lemur is Latin and means spirits of the night. There are many legends throughout cultures that talk about the Lemurs being active at night. They are nocturnal. Lemurs are a type of primate known Prosimians. This means ape! They are considered to be the type of primate at the highest risk of extinction. There are many different species of Lemurs. They include the Alatron Gentle Lemur, Aye- Aye Lemur, the Indri Lemur, Black and White Ruffled Lemur, Red Ruffled Lemur, and the Ring Tailed Lemur.The smallest species of Lemur weights about 10 grams. The tail is often longer than the body. They have opposing thumbs. They also have long toes. They use them for climbing and for holding on. They don’t have claws either. Instead they have nails. They don’t see very well in color but they do have good vision overall.Most Lemurs live all their life in trees. However, many of the larger species also live on the ground. It isn’t unreasonable to see some species of Lemurs active during the day.
The young will be carried around in their mother’s mouth for a couple of weeks after birth. Once they are strong enough they will hold onto her back and be carried around.
Lemur Species Index
There are many more species of Lemurs than most people realize. It is believed that that there are at least 99 of them that still survive including subspecies. There are also many that are believed to already be extinct over millions of years ago.
- One of the medium sized primates is the Golden-Crowned Sifaka Lemur. They are very limited in number and location. There isn’t much known about them and they were only identified as a unique species in 1974.
- Coquerel's Sifaka
The Coquerel’s Sifaka Lemur is a medium sized one and it belongs to the primate family. It features some very interesting behaviors as well as a look that is different from other Lemurs.
- Collared Brown Lemur
The Collared Brown Lemur is a primate that is medium in size. There are 12 species of Brown Lemurs in the world. They are the most well known of these Brown Lemurs.
- Black Lemur
The Black Lemur is a type of primate and there are two subspecies that have been identified. They are the Slader Lemur and the E. Macaco Lemur. In many locations the ranged of them overlap and that has led to mixed breeding.
Of all the Lemurs in the world, the Aye-Aye Lemur is the largest primate that is nocturnal. One may argue that point though if they didn’t realize that this was really a primate.
- Verreaux's Sifaka
The Verreaux's Sifaka Lemur is medium in size when compared to other species. It is a primate and looks very similar to many small species of monkeys. As a result it is usually accurately categorized as a primate.