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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Lemur Island

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo

One of the first animals you will discover at Perth Zoo is the The Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur on Lemur Island at the Main Lake.


Lemur Island at Perth Zoo

Lemur island provides the lemurs with a suitable habitat that has plenty of shade and cover just like the rainforests of Madagascar. 

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur sitting on a resting platform on Lemur Island at Perth Zoo

This does make spotting the lemurs a little challenging but if you look closely you can usually spot a lemur hanging out on a resting platform or swinging along the climbing ropes. 

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur walking along climbing ropes at Perth Zoo Lemur Island

But  not to worry if you don't see them, the lemurs are also viewable up close at the primate habitat which I'll share with you another day. 

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur sitting on climbing ropes

The Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur is critically endangered. Perth Zoo is the first Australian Institution to work with with the Madagascan Fauna and Flora Group, to conserve native species in Madagascar.

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo
"Black and white Ruffed Lemurs are  territorial animals and live in groups of about five individuals. When they are defending themselves and their territory, they let out a loud, near deafening call to warn other animals away. Perth Zoo's Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs can often be heard vocalising loudly. The commonly heard hight pitched call is made when they anticipate food, to mark their territory, when they are frightened, or to warn other animals away. It does not mean they are fighting as people often think."

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo

The lemur call is like nothing else you have ever heard. It defies belief that such little creatures could make such an unbelievable racket.

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo


Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - a critically endangered Madagascan rainforest species at Perth Zoo

Does your local zoo have lemurs? Are they involved in the conservation of these incredible little creatures? 

22 comments:

  1. They're fascinating creatures. Nicely shot!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-visit-to-madame-tussauds.html

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    1. I could have watched them for hours, they truly are a delight to watch.

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  2. This is amazing! They are so cute! Unfortunately is is too cold for them here. The local zoo has only animals that can live outside the whole year in our subarctic climate.

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    1. That must be pretty limiting for the zoo. I do wonder how some of the animals at our zoo cope with the heat of our summer but they do seem very well cared for with private areas where they can go if they need to, I think they must have some climate control for a few species in the private areas.

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  3. You have so many neat animals down there! Thanks for introducing us to them!

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    1. Lemurs aren't locals - they are only viewable a the zoo and are a native species from Madagascar.

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  4. Great shots Stella Lee!
    And very educational post. I enjoyed it. :)

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    1. It was challenging to get shots of them through those leaves I can tell you. It was high noon on a bright day, they were in shadows and my 250mm lens zoom was pushed to it's very limits. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the Lemurs.

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  5. Too cute! My son loves Lemurs! This would be a fun place to visit!! :):)

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    1. For an extra fee you can have an upclose and personal experience right there on the island with the Lemurs. I bet your son would love that!

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  6. Lovely photos! they are so cute, i find them kind of strange to look at too! #AnimalTales

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    1. They are a weird shape, not quite monkey, not quite bear, not quite like any critter really. A unique creature for sure.

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  7. They do look fantastic. We love lemurs so we'll have to find a way to visit (we will do Perth one day as my sis lives there).

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    1. Erica the Perth Zoo is one of the highlights of Perth. It's one of the best day trips of all the options IMHO. I've been to the Melbourne zoo and a few of the other animal sanctuaries in Australia and Perth Zoo is hands down the best.

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  8. Oh these chaps are so adorable, I love Lemurs!

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    1. They really are the cutest..until you see the claws on their paws. I wouldn't' want to run into one that was in a bad mood.

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  9. oh they are adorable, it breaks my heart to think of how many endangered animals there are and how many are already extinct. Just followed you on Twitter, lovely blog

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    1. It surely is heartbreaking but there are happy stories too that our conservation efforts have saved some species and brought them back from the edge of extinction, lets continue to hope! I returned the twitter follow and I tried to follow you on gplus too, but I've hit my daily follow limit, please give me a nudge if I forget.

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  10. Both our local zoos have lemurs and we all love them. In fact, after a visit to the zoo our younger son's first word after Mama and Dada was Leeemuuuurrrr!! Thanks for adding these lovely creatures to #AnimalTales ... still no hippos though ;)

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    1. Oh that's so funny Rosie! I'm not sure I got any hippo pictures...maybe, just maybe.

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  11. sadly most monkey sanctuary's contain Madagascan monkeys are they are a popular pet and are often rescued from airports where people try to smuggle them in

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    1. That's just awful. At least the zoo's can take them and give them any medical care they need after the trials they would experience at the hands of smugglers.

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