IHOP, one of the Sanctuary's Black & White
Ruffed Lemurs was one of our first on camera "Special
Projects". The Special Project camera was setup inside
IHOP'S chosen "Off
Exhibit" nest site for her babies. For more detailed information
on Ruffed Lemur nesting behaviors please visit the Sanctuary's "Educational
Center", or better yet help support the
Sanctuary's efforts by purchasing the educational DVD titled, "LEMURS
- TAILS FROM THE CANOPY". We discuss Ruffed
Lemur nesting behaviors in detail on that DVD.
Details Regarding IHOP's Nesting Area
A 3.5 mm camera amplifies
light so that it looks bright to cam viewers. If you were
to see IHOP's nest up close (in person) you would have seen
that it actually was fairly dark even during the daylight hours.
We also had placed several alternative nesting areas for
space. She just preferred this nesting area
but moved quite frequently. The nesting area was covered
to protect her from the elements like the rain storm we had.
Likewise IHOP had alternative nesting spots that were safe
and secure. She was separated from the rest of the lemurs
so she had a
successful delivery. All babies were
born without any complications and are currently being introduced
to the Black & White Lemur Troop.
Below: IHOP inside her off exhibit nest