Threatened Species Day: Black and White Ruffed Lemur
Today is Threatened Species Day
The most threatened species at Reid Park Zoo is the black-and-white ruffed lemur, who is critically endangered. These lemurs have lost over 80% of their population in the last 20 years due mostly to habitat loss for agriculture, logging, and mining.
Their wild population is still actively declining, but thankfully Zoos around the world work together to house and breed this species to maintain a reservoir population and conserve genetic diversity. By supporting Reid Park Zoo and other AZA Zoos you are helping to conserve many threatened animals including this increasingly rare lemur!