Adelaide Zoo

Get up close to the Lemurs!

What’s black and white and cute all over? The adorable Ring-tailed Lemurs!

Go behind the scenes to witness a captivating training session with the three bachelors – Belo, Ejada and Benoky. Meet the boys up close for an intimate look into how keepers use positive reinforcement with tasty treats to train these quirky creatures.

Positive reinforcement provides the lemurs with enrichment and the opportunity to engage with their environment. Focussed on positive welfare, it’s all about the animal’s choice which is beneficial for routine vet checks and administering medication.

Get close enough to hear their distinctive purrs, mews and grunts, and see their iconic banded tails swish as they bounce nimbly from log to log!

Please note the minimum age for this experience is 8 years.

Highlights of this experience

  • Witness a fascinating training session and learn about animal enrichment up close
  • Go behind the scenes in the Lemur habitat

Lemurs use their impressively-long and bushy, striped tails to help them balance while jumping.

Lemurs cannot use their tails to grip onto tree branches like other primates, instead they use their hands and feet.

How your ticket helps our conservation efforts

Ring-tailed Lemurs are classified as endangered with habitat loss and poaching the biggest threat to the wild population. Their habitat is already restricted in southern Madagascar and continues to diminish due to annual burning practices that help create new pasture land for livestock, over-grazing by livestock and the felling of trees for charcoal production.

Ring-tailed Lemurs can be found in six national parks and three reserves where they are protected. They are also hunted for meat and kept as pets, although it’s illegal to remove animals from the wild for this purpose.

By purchasing a ticket to the Lemur Encounter at Adelaide Zoo, you are not only supporting the incredible species in our care, you’re also helping us raise awareness and valuable funds to safeguard their wild cousins. Part of the income generated from our Animal Experiences contributes to the work Zoos SA does in support of a wide number of conservation programs both within and beyond our gates.

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