Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North - Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway
Open Year Round: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Ring Tailed Lemur

Latin Name: Lemus catta

Habitat and Range: Dry forest and bush of Southern Southwestern Madagascar

Captive/Wild Lifespan: up to 18 years in the wild and 30+ in captivity.

Gestation: One sometimes 2 are born after 135 day gestation. Once a year is typical with mid March through May being prime breeding time.

Diet: Herbaviores- Mainly foraging for fruits but will eat leaves, tree bark, and tree sap.

Adaptations: Troops number from 2-30 male and female individuals with one female presiding over all. RTL average 5 to 7 pounds with a tail up to 22 inches long. Unlike other Lemur species they spend 70% of their time on the ground but are just as comfortable in the trees. Both front and back feet have a thumb like appendage

IUCN Status: Endangered 2014

Conservation: Habitat loss due to controlled burns to create grazing fields for domestic cattle dwindle their numbers. The largest wild population resides on what is considered sacred land and not to be touched. There are a couple of smaller population protected on privately owned preserves. Its estimated there are around 2,500 Ring tailed Lemurs in captivity and believed to be the largest number of primates in captivity.

Did you know: Zaboomafoo is often mistaken for a Ring Tailed Lemur but in fact is a Sifaka Lemur.

Here at the CMC Zoo: We have a small troop of 4 Lemurs here with Lilly being our dominant female. Lilly was a private donation in 2007 and is mother to Tres, Rose, and Jelly Bean. She is an excellent mom and takes very good care of her troop. Jelly Bean was the first-born here to Lilly and our dominant male Sal, who passed away last Fall. He was born on March 22, 2008 followed by Tres our youngest male. Tres was born on May 5, 2010. Rose is our only other female, she was also born here to Lilly and Sal; she was born on March 23, 2012. The Primate keepers love that they coo or talk back to them and love their training sessions. They say there is nothing cuter then their buddha sun worshiping pose.

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