Ghosts of the Rain Forest

The word “lemur” means “ghost” in Latin, and once you hear the call of a lemur you’ll know why!

Lemurs communication with loud vocalizations and with scent.  You may notice them rubbing their bodies on branches (scent marking) to let others know they were there.  Ruffed lemurs are found only in Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa.  They play an important role in the rain forest ecosystem, dispersing the seeds of the fruit they eat.

At Reid Park Zoo

Accredited Zoos like Reid Park Zoo are working together to conserve this species through managed breeding programs.  The lemurs currently at Reid Park Zoo are an approved breeding pair.  Pepe and Nuit came to Reid Park Zoo in 2013 (from Brownsville TX, and St. Louis MO, respectively).  Nuit has very distinct white markings along her tail, and her eyes are yellow.  Pepe’s eyes are bright orange.


Species Name:
Black and white ruffed lemur
Scientific Name:
Varecia variegata
Africa (Madagascar)
Our Animal's Name(s):
Pepe (male, born 2008)
Nuit (female, born 2010)
Proud Parents:
Frann Miescher