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I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Lemur Super-clean

November 10th, 2012

We clean the lemur house everyday but once a month we get a little crazy! We call this super-cleaning. I took some step-by-step photos from last month’s super-clean. I started this super-clean on a closed Monday afternoon and finished the next morning with Keeper Jessi.

First we remove the mulch from inside viewing. This is where the Red Ruffed Lemurs hangout during the day. Basically, we shovel the mulch out, I used a laundry basket this time.

It get’s dusty!!!!

We wear gloves as typical lemur house protocol, and a mask and goggles because it gets super dusty plus we spray cleaner all over.

These are the stairs leading up to inside lemur viewing. I hauled about 6-7 laundry baskets down and about 10-11 mulch bags up!!! Even though it was cold, I got hot and didn’t have a hair tie so I used the next best thing, a zip-tie!

Used a zip-tie to put my hair up


The next step is to use the leaf blower, I must admit I’m not very good at this step! There was dust all over me, even found mulch later while washing my hair.

Here comes the cleaner, it gets very sudsy! Lots of scrubbing involved as well.

It was after hosing this out that I text Aaron to ask for help looking for my radio, we wear walkie talkie type radios and mine was missing. He brought Katy for an extra set of eyes. After A LOT of searching we finally found my radio under a pile of mulch that I had dumped! Oh my!

The next morning Jessi and I headed down to lemurs to finish up.

The next step involves a lot of maneuvering. We have long branches, a tall ladder, and two people. We take branches down and rearrange the placement. Lots of bungee cords, zip-ties, and carabiners.

And sometimes a tiny saw is necessary!

Here Jessi is securing bowl holders for lemur food

Now we cover the floor with lots of mulch

And once everything is ready and we’ve cleaned up our mess, we put food out for the lemurs and let the girls up. They climb up through a trap door in the floor.

And then we do a similar super-clean downstairs in the 6 stalls the lemurs use at night. The only difference is there’s no mulch so I don’t have to use the leaf blower again :)


Join the conversation:

  1. Director Comment :

    I love the zip-tie for the hair- I’ve never thought of that! Sometimes I use a bungee for a belt though.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  2. You can also use the end of your glove at the wrist as a hair tie!

    Posted by Katy
  3. hahaha sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

    Posted by kimberly
  4. Every time I use zip ties, they slip off

    Posted by Jill Brown
  5. If your hair is coarse enough, a pencil works too. I can show you sometime if you’ve never tried it.

    Posted by Leslie

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