Cynthia, who is our oldest Red Ruffed Lemur, turned 33 years old on March 30th. This makes Cynthia the oldest Red Ruffed Lemur in the country. 33 years is old for any lemur considering the average lifespan in captivity is early twenties. In the wild, lemurs tend to live longer to around mid-twenties. Since lemurs are endemic to Madagascar, it can be difficult to replicate their dietary and habitat needs in a captive environment. The keepers felt that 33 years of life for a lemur would be a great reason to celebrate. On Thursday the 27th, we provided the Red Ruffed Lemurs with a variety of different enrichment items. They received puzzle feeders, skewers, streamers, and colorful bags with dried fruit. At the 2pm lemur program, guest sang “Happy Birthday” from Lemur viewing and keepers talked about Cynthia as well as general information on lemurs.
If you were unable to make it to the Birthday celebration, here are some pictures of the big day….
Decorations in inside viewing which are the enrichment items for not just Cynthia but Jethys and Iris too.
Cynthia checking out what is in the colorful bag.
Cynthia smelling the streamers.
Cynthia, Jethys and Iris all checking out the enrichment items.
Getting more enrichment items for the 2pm program. This is fruit skewered on paper towel tubes.
Autumn and I getting a larger paper towel tube ready with mango, kiwi and dried cherries.
Cynthia going to a puzzle feeder that had a variety of fruit and veggies inside it.
Jethys eating one of the birthday cakes.
Cynthia and the skewered fruit paper towel tube. Iris is looking in one of the puzzle feeders.
The keepers and guest had a great time watching the Red Ruffed Lemurs explore and manipulate their enrichment items. After it was all over, they all found their spots on the perching and rested.
Time to rest.