Here’s what’s up at our San Francisco Zoo on the day before Thanksgiving:
“Today, the Zoo’s lemurs received a Thanksgiving feast of some of their favorite foods – green beans; a fruit salad of apples, bananas, and grapes; sweet potatoes; and turkey made out of monkey chow. Their glasses were filled with apple juice. Sitting politely at a formal table, the lemurs sat respectfully and then ventured onto the table to enjoy their feast.”
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SAN FRANCISCO ZOO LEMUR FUN FACTS:
The Zoo has a group of 15 lemurs on Lemur Forest – six ring-tailed, four red-ruffed, three black and whites; two blacks. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs in Madagascar today.
Endemic to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa, lemurs were named after the lemures or the ghosts/spirits of Roman mythology.
Lemurs can be very small, weighing as little as 1 oz., or up to 20 lbs.
Like their wild counterparts, the Zoo’s lemurs can be very vocal. Their loud calls can be heard throughout the day. However, they also communicate with scents by scent marking with urine as well as rubbing the scent glands located on their wrists on trees, bushes and the ground.
Lemurs are classified as threatened or endangered. They only inhabit approximately 10% of the island of Madagascar. Deforestation, hunting for bushmeat by native inhabitants, and live captures for the pet trade are the culprits of their decline in numbers.
Most lemurs are arboreal, thus the Zoo’s Lemur Forest is a perfect environment for them. The lemurs can be seen clinging to trees and leaping throughout the day.