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 communicate 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

Keepers have provided the lemurs with lots of ropes and platforms in their habitat. Lemurs are great climbers, and use their tails for balance.lemur4259z

Junior came to Reid Park Zoo in late 2014, and Tally arrived in early 2015. They do not have a breeding recommendation.


Species Name:
Black and white ruffed lemur
Scientific Name:
Varecia variegata
Africa (Madagascar)
Proud Parents:
Chelsea Johnston
Ben Mejias
Jo Ann Schlott
Kay B. Gray
Patricia Le Foll
In Memory of Elaine Fulton
Emily Beckwith
Carol McGaha