DPZ Home to Ruffed Lemurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With the temperatures warming up later this week,  you may want to head to the Dickerson Park Zoo.  

There you can visit some black and white ruffed lemurs.  The primates are endangered and can only be found one place on earth in the wild.

Melinda Arnold with Dickerson Park Zoo joins us live to tell us more about these creatures.   [see video]

As the weather warms, Dickerson Park Zoo will move the ruffed lemurs from their winter house to the lemur island, where they can be better seen by visitors.

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About Ruffed Lemurs:

Ruffed lemurs are active during the daylight hours,  often observed leaping through the upper canopy of the seasonal tropical rainforests  in eastern Madagascar. They are also the most frugivorous of the Malagasy lemurs, and they are very sensitive to habitat disturbance.

Ruffed lemurs live in multi-male/multi-female groups and have a complex and flexible social structure, described as They are highly vocal, and have loud, raucous calls.

Ruffed lemurs are seasonal breeders and highly unusual in their reproductive strategy. Ruffed lemurs also build nests for their newborns (the only primates that do so), carry them by mouth, and exhibit an absentee parental system by stashing them while they forage.

Infants are although they develop relatively quickly, traveling independently in the wild after 70 days and attaining full adult size by six months.

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