Jumping Lemurs at Newquay Zoo

Written by: Michelle Turton

Submitted: 23rd June 2007

Two Black and White Ruffed Lemurs have just come out of quarantine at Newquay Zoo and are enjoying playing and jumping great distances on their new island home.

Newquay zoo black and white ruffed lemurs

Both lemurs at Newquay Zoo

Lemurs Having a Great Time at Newquay Zoo

Two Black and White Ruffed Lemurs have just come out of quarantine at Newquay Zoo and are enjoying playing and jumping great distances on their new island home.

John Meek Animal Collections Manager comments "They are really having a great time and it is lovely to see them out and so active. The pair are called 'Wakka' (the female) who came from Paris Zoo and 'Rikku' (the male) who travelled from Omega Park in Portugal last December. Since then they have been in quarantine under the care of our Animal Health Officer who has done a fantastic job looking after them. They look stunning and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing a baby in the near future.

Newquay zoo black and white lemur

Newquay zoo black and white lemur

Ruffed Lemurs Threatened by Habitat Loss

This species is classified as endangered in the wild and are part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme)." The ruffed lemur, like all other lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar. The black and white ruffed lemur inhabits the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. As with other lemur species, the ruffed lemurs are threatened by habitat loss through logging and development. While this is a problem in many areas worldwide, Madagascar is particularly sensitive as it is an island and therefore has a limited amount of land for its wildlife and expanding human population. The ruffed lemur species seems to be particularly susceptible due to its high dependence on large fruiting trees for food in primary forest. These animals are also at risk due to extensive hunting on the island for meat and for sale as pets.