There is one female black-and-white ruffed lemur, Zia, born in 1985. Zia is tailless due to an accident. Lemurs frequently make very loud alarm calls if they spot shadows across their cage or hear noises that they cannot identify. Read about how our keepers help Zia keep active and social in a Keeper Blog post from September of 2012.
Status in the Wild
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. In Madagascar, zoos have been introducing new animals into the wild to prevent inbreeding and keep the population healthy. Educational awareness programs teach children ways humans and lemurs can both thrive in Madagascar. The Seneca Park Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan for the black-and-white ruffed lemurs.
Ruffed lemurs live in Eastern Madagascar in the humid rainforests.
The lemur’s diet consists of fruit, leaves, nectar, flowers and seeds.