Lemurs

Native to madagascar, all species of lemurs are endangered species and are protected by special laws. We are honored to maintain these species and care for them in a healthy captive environment. 

 

What is a Lemur?

 

Members of the primate family, lemurs are long muscular animals that live in the jungle of Madagascar. They have plush fur and long hanging non-prehensile tails. Most domestic lemurs are about the size of a domestic house cat. 

 

Lemurs are intelligent and have very distinct personalities. When raised in an appropriate environment a lemur can be an enjoyable companion. 

Lemur Basics

 

Average Lifespan: Up to 25 Years. 

 

Diet: Fresh fruits and vegetables daily along with Zupreem monkey biscuits. 

Size at Adulthood: 4- 7 pounds  and roughly the size of a small house cat. 

 

Minimum Cage size: Minimum size enclosure is 4’x 8’x6’. If you live in a milder climate you may keep your lemur outdoors all year round providing heat in the winter. If you plan to keep it in a smaller parrot size cage you should give the lemur several hours per evening to get out and play.

 

 

Caring for a Lemur in Captivity

 

Habitat: Space is important for these very active animals. A bird cage is typically not spacious enough unless it is very large. Minimum cage size is at least 20 square feet of floor space. Branches and a sleeping box are important for enrichment. Swings, hammocks, and hanging toys are great also. Keeping them very shaded in the sun is imperative. 

 

Company: Lemurs can be housed together and will benefit greatly from companionship. They are very social creatures an having two of them gives them someone to play. 

 

Food: Lemurs eat a wide variety of fruits including apple, banana, mango, papaya, watermelon and figs. They also eat commercial monkey biscuits as a form of protein. 

Can Lemurs be trained?

Lemurs are often overlooked about the fact that they are from the primate family. Training a lemur requires a lot of patience and perseverance. We usually focus on apes or monkeys but lemurs are very smart and similar in some ways, they share the trait of opposable thumbs. They are able to learn patterns and even learn to use tools and many other things. It is good to know that lemurs cannot be potty trained and need to wear diapers when they are inside the house. 

Leumurs sleep schedule?

Lemurs are usually nocturnal animals but they can also be active during the day as well. They are one of the few exotics that will adapt to a diurnal schedule with their owners. They love to be in trees or on something similar they can climb and move around. 

Do they require Vaccinations or shots?

Like humans lemurs can get diseases and because of this vaccinations are highly recommended. Contact your local Veterinarian to make sure they  will see these exotic pets. 

Should you neuter or spay?

Lemurs should be neutered at around 6-8 months of age, this will greatly reduce the risk of aggression and the onset of sexual maturity 

Are they good with other pets?

Lemurs bond very closely with their primary caretaker and can be very jealous of other pets. They are known to slap and play bite at some pets and a few pets are OK with this while others are not. IT is good to introduce them early on and raise them together so they know and understand each other.  

What is their general personality?

Lemurs are very smart, playful, cute, loving and can become very attached to the primary caretaker who raises them. They love to run around and hang out on shoulders and groom their owners frequently. 

Are Lemurs legal to own where I live?

Being an endangered species, all lemurs are protected by federal law and CANNOT be sold over state lines. You must purchase one from a breeder that resides in your home state. We can only sell lemurs to Texas residents. Since every state, city, and country have certain home owners associations all have different laws and guidelines for owning pets. There is no way for us to know the laws in your area, it is your responsibility to find out if you need a permit or if you are allowed to have the animal in your home. A good place to check in your state USDA office which can be found on the USDA office link. 

**  We will NOT knowingly ship animals into illegal states or countries**

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