Getting up close with cute lemurs

Technical officer Katie Saunders feeds one of the lemurs.
Technical officer Katie Saunders feeds one of the lemurs.

She donned a wading outfit and ventured through the zoo’s main lake to the black-and-white ruffed lemurs’ bachelor island.

Primate supervisor Holly Thompson said the four lemurs living on the island were all very different.

‘Fotsy, who is four years old, is very tactile and likes to sit next to the keepers and be hand-fed. Maphuti, the oldest at almost seven, is an inquisitive animal. He likes to be stimulated in new ways with food, including manipulating different objects to get food from them,’ she said.

‘Lemurs have a very loud call that they use to mark their territory or if they are startled or excited by something ” and sometimes just because.’

Zoo visitors can book a trip to the lemur island.