New lemur exhibit to open at Reid Park Zoo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two black-and-white ruffed lemurs will be introduced to the public and into their newly renovated habitat tomorrow morning at Reid Park Zoo.
According to Vivian VanPeenan tells KGUN9 that black-and-white ruffed lemurs are native only to the rain forest habitat of Madagascar.
Human encroachment and habitat loss due to logging, agriculture, and mining all threaten this critically endangered species, said VanPeenan.
The pair of lemurs came to Tucson from other zoos for the purpose of breeding.
The male, Pepe (age 5), came to Reid Park Zoo from Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas. The female, Nuit (age 3), arrived from Saint Louis Zoo.
"The new lemur habitat is a magnificent addition to Reid Park Zoo" states Jason Jacobs, Zoo Administrator. "Zoo staff is to be commended for renovating a dilapidated exhibit and updating it with new mesh for ease of viewing. The landscaping and enrichment features create a vibrant habitat for lemurs, and allow us to support the AZA's breeding program for this species."