The Zoo is home to four ring-tailed lemurs: a male, Bradigan, from the Indianapolis Zoo, a female, Selma, from the Bramble Park Zoo, and their two offspring, born at the Zoo in August 2016. Bradigan was born in 2008 and Selma was born in 2010. Both arrived at the Zoo in December 2014.
Listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and is on Appendix I under CITES. Habitat loss and hunting are the greatest causes of concern.
Tropical dry forest and spiny bush of southern and southwestern Madagascar. They live in home ranges of about 15 acres in riparian forests, to 57 acres in scrub forests. They can adapt to a highly variable habitat in terms of elevation, topography, food availability, temperature and rainfall.
The ring-tailed lemur is an opportunistic omnivore, eating fruits and leaves, particularly those of the tamarind tree, known natively as kily.
Ring-tailed lemurs spend about 40% of their time on the ground – the most of any lemur species.
Females are dominant in the group, which means they have preferential choice to food and mates.
Olfactory markings are an important means of communication. Both males and females mark tree trunks or other objects. Scent markings are left in the area of the home range that overlaps with other groups’ home ranges.