black whit ruffed lemur

Coming Soon – Black and White Ruffed Lemurs

We will be starting modifications to the old mandrill habitat soon. We look forward to welcoming a breeding pair of Black and White Ruffed lemurs by fall.

Although exact placement plans are not finalized yet, the Zoo’s Curator, Jim Schnormeier, is working with other accredited zoos and the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to determine how we can best help the black and white ruffed lemur population. This species of lemur, from the island of Madagascar, is a critically endangered species.

Right now, it looks like we will receive a breeding pair of lemurs, which means eventually the exhibit might hold several animals. The old space will be modified by removing the chain link around the entire exhibit and replacing it with a more modern mesh material. We will also be adding a training and demonstration area so that guests will be able to observe keepers at work as they interact with and care for these animals.

The opportunity to welcome two new species to the Zoo is exciting for Zoo staff as well as the Tucson community.  We look forward to introducing you to our new residents soon and will keep you posted about renovations, animal moves, and introductions here on our website and on the Zoo’s Facebook page.