Leaping Lemurs! Two ring-tailed lemurs make their debut at the Central Florida Zoo!

December 13, 2016 - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is very excited to announce the debut of two male ring-tailed lemurs! The two lemurs are three and a half year old brothers. The lemurs can now be found in their new enclosure in the Zoo near the Indian rhino exhibit, and are viewable during daily Zoo admission hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ring-tailed lemurs are a primate species native to the island of Madagascar. This species of lemur may be one of the most iconic, identifiable by their long tail with black and white stripes. Several famous characters on television and in movies have been ring-tailed lemurs. Ring-tailed lemurs spend significantly more time on the ground than other species of lemurs, although they are still great climbers.

"We are very excited to be able to share this species with our guests," says Elena Lamar, Deputy Director of Animal Operations. "As one of the most well-known and beloved species of lemurs, these two will serve as excellent ambassadors for the entire lemur family. Our hope is that guests will be inspired to learn more about the plight of lemurs and Madagascar's other endangered species."

The Central Florida Zoo is also home to two other species of lemurs. The Zoo's brown lemurs are two of the oldest lemurs found in a North American zoo. The Zoo also hosts a family of red-ruffed lemurs and participates in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan® for that species. The Zoo celebrated the birth of a male red-ruffed lemur in April 2016.

All species of lemur are critically endangered. Lemurs are native only to the island of Madagascar, which suffers from habitat destruction and deforestation. Lemurs are excellent climbers and spend a lot of time in the trees, so their numbers continue to dwindle as the forests they rely on in the wild continue to disappear.