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PART V
TIGERHOMES SANCTUARY - RED RUFFED LEMURS

By: C.M.Shorter (Ace) ~ Gold Sponsor
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Wilma & Durango, TigerHomes Red-Ruffed Lemurs

The Sanctuary is home to 4 species of Lemurs – the Black & White Ruffed Lemurs, the Brown Lemurs, the Ring-Tailed Lemurs and here we have Wilma and Durango the Red-Ruffed Lemurs.  Native to Madagascar, these animals are all now highly Endangered Species.  Much of their home range and forest cover in Madagascar has been destroyed.  Lemurs are Prosimian Primates with a DNA not too different from our own human genes.  

Through the last year the Red-Ruffed Lemurs were moved from this habitat.  They kindly “lent” their habitat to the Sanctuary’s female baby African Leopard as she was acclimated to the surroundings.  The Red-Ruffed Lemurs remained off-cam for sometimes and we just recently had the pleasure of seeing them again on TigerHomes Cams when Dave let them “borrow” the Black & White Lemur nursery habitat!   Being flexible and generous are good traits to learn from our animal friends.  Now they are home again and seem to be enjoying themselves quite a bit. 

The Red-Ruffed Lemurs are the oldest animals housed at the Sanctuary.  In the wild their life span can be very short – perhaps a few years but the average is 10-12 years.  Wilma and Durango are now approaching 20 years of age and serve as a testament to the quality of life and care they receive here at TigerHomes.

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