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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
THERE may still be two sleeps until Christmas, but it seems the lemurs at Perth Zoo have been on the nice list and got some presents a little early.
Primate keeper Sherina Bulsara had the ring-tailed lemur group in the Christmas spirit last week when she gave them some tasty treats hidden inside wrapped Christmas boxes.
The presents concealed some of the group’s favourite treats, including frozen berries, grapes and yoghurt smears.
A Perth Zoo spokeswoman said the female lemur Zanaka “who rules the roost” and is rearing September-born twins was very intrigued by the box and keen to keep it from everyone else.
“Although her partner Gimaro and father of their offspring snuck a few treats when she wasn't looking,” she said.
The food presents were part of the zoo's environmental enrichment program, which encourages animals to forage and work for food as well as providing mental and physical stimulation.
Lemurs are endangered, with habitat loss and hunting the biggest concern for the species. Clearing forests for agriculture and grazing has forced lemurs into shrinking areas south and southwest of Madagascar.
Perth Zoo keepers co-ordinate the Studbook for this unique species, which involves keeping regional records for the lemurs and co-ordinating breeding efforts throughout Australasia. What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Leave your comments at www.inmycommunity.com.au
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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK? Cimaro tucks in and (inset) Sherina
Bulsare with the lemurs.