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Common Name:
Lemurs
Scientific Name:
Lemur catta
Size: 40 cm
Weight: 2.3 - 3.4 kg
Mammals
Herbivores
Native to Africa
Rain Forest

Conservation Status

Endangered

Here at the zoo, we're home to 4 sub-species of lemur - ring-tailed, red-fronted, red-ruffed and grey mouse. They eat carrots, seeds, fruit and vegetables, rice, mealworms and vitamins.

All lemurs originate from the island of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa, but numbers are declining due to loss of habitat, drought and the bushmeat and pet trades. These amenable primates can live for up to 18 years in the wild.

Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups called troops which vary from 6 – 30 members, although the average is 13 – 15. One or two babies are born each year and they begin life clinging to the underside of their mother, close to her teats for feeding. As they grow, they move onto their mothers’ backs until they become fully independent.

Lemurs can often be seen with arms outstretched when the sun’s shining. They’re not practising yoga, but absorbing heat from the sun into their white bellies. They enjoy bonding through grooming and the teeth in their lower jaws form a “toothcomb”. These are also used for feeding and scraping the bark from trees. Lemurs use powerful scent glands on their wrists and bottoms to mark their territory.

 

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The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.