Body weights of ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) in European zoos with reference to the problem of obesity

Abstract 10.1002/zoo.1026.abs Qualitative observations in several European zoos revealed a high proportion of obese individuals in different species of lemurs. This phenomenon was examined in both subspecies of the ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata variegata and Varecia variegata rubra). Data on body weight were obtained from 43 animals in 13 European zoos and were compared with […]

Part-time Fostering by a Pair of Black and White Ruffed Lemurs (varecia Variegata Variegata)

Twin infant black and white ruffed lemurs, male and female, were fostered on a part-time basis, in conjunction with hand-rearing, with an adult pair who were highly related to them. The adult female showed allomaternal behaviour towards the twins, although she did not attempt to suckle them. The adult male ignored the twins for the […]