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At the Little Rock Zoo, we're home to a vibrant community of lemurs, including Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs, and Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs. Lemurs are unique primates found only on the island of Madagascar, known for their diverse appearances and fascinating behaviors. Our lemurs delight visitors with their playful antics and social interactions, providing an up-close opportunity to observe these captivating creatures. As ambassadors for their species, our lemurs also help us raise awareness about the importance of lemur conservation and the threats they face in the wild, such as habitat loss and fragmentation.


Ring-Tailed Lemurs

At the Little Rock Zoo, our Ring-Tailed Lemurs are among our most beloved residents. These charismatic primates, known for their striking black-and-white striped tails, are native to the island of Madagascar. Our Ring-Tailed Lemurs live in a social group, exhibiting complex behaviors and strong social bonds. Visitors to the zoo can observe them as they forage for food, bask in the sunlight, and engage in playful interactions with one another.

  • The ring tailed lemur’s tail is longer than its body!
  • Male ring tailed lemurs put smells, from glands in their bottoms, on their tail and wave it at rivals. It’s known as ‘stink fighting’!
  • The ring tailed lemur is used as a symbol for Madagascar and for endangered animals on the island, because it’s so well-known.
  • The ring tailed lemur is known as ‘maky’ in Malagasy, the language spoken on Madagascar.
  • The ring tailed lemur’s Latin name is ‘catta’ because of its cat-like looks.


Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs

Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs are native to the lush rainforests of Madagascar, these lemurs are distinguished by their striking black-and-white fur, tufted ears, and vibrant yellow eyes. Known for their loud and distinctive calls echoing through the forest, Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs are highly social animals, living in family groups led by dominant females. Their diet consists of fruits, leaves, flowers, and occasionally insects, contributing to the dispersal of seeds and promoting forest regeneration. 

  • They have the unique ability among pollinators to open the traveler tree's flowers. While the lemurs benefit by eating the nectar within the flowers, the tree benefits from the pollination that occurs when the pollen sticks to the lemurs' faces and is transported to the next tree.
  • Black and white ruffed lemurs are one of the biggest primates living on Madagascar.
  • The black and white ruffed lemur has twelve different calls.


Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs

Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs, native exclusively to the island of Madagascar. These lemurs are known for their striking appearance, featuring jet-black fur and mesmerizing blue eyes. Endemic to the Sambirano region of Madagascar, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs primarily inhabit dense tropical rainforests, where they play a vital role in seed dispersal and forest regeneration.

  • Unlike most primates, males and females are different colors.
    • Males are completely black
    • Females are reddish brown or blonde
    • Both sexes have blue or blue-grey eyes
  • Other than humans, blue-eyed black lemurs are the only primate to have blue eyes.
  • Black lemurs exchange greetings through reciprocal fur grooming.

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