Happy 20th Birthday Benoky!

Today we are celebrating Benoky the Ring-tailed lemur who is turning the big 20 today!

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Ring-tailed lemurs, have a read through these fun facts and test your knowledge! Benoky is one of three bachelor Lemurs to call Adelaide Zoo home along with Belo and Ejeda.

Lemur Fun Fact File:

  • Lemurs cannot use their tails to grip onto tree branches like other primates, instead they use their hands and feet.
  • Lemurs live within troops of up to 30 individuals made up of male and females.
  • The majority of lemur troops are female-dominant.
  • Males have a spur on their forearm which they rub onto their scent gland, and then use it to leave their scent behind on branches – scent is very important for lemur communication!
  • Until a baby is old enough to cling to fur of the mother, the female lemur will carry her newborn in her mouth.
Adelaide Zoo is home to the trio of lemurs, that arrived at Adelaide Zoo from Auckland Zoo in 2008. On cold days the lemurs enjoy huddling together for warmth, and on these wonderful sunny days like today, they enjoy soaking up the sun.
Join us to celebrate in style and come along this week to wish Benoky a big Happy 20th Birthday!
All visitors are encouraged to adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines from SA Health which includes the wearing of masks at all times (except when eating/drinking), using QR code on entry, maintaining social distancing, good hygiene, and pre-booking online prior to visiting.


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