Did You Know?
Amur Tigers are the biggest cats in the wild, topping out around 600 pounds!
The mongoose lemur is about the size of a small house cat, with the females being mostly gray in color, with a dark back and a white beard. Males are generally darker with a reddish-brown beard. Like all true lemurs, they have binocular vision, but not as well developed as in other primates.
A basic group of mongoose lemurs is composed of parents and their offspring of up to four individuals. Within groups, females are usually dominant to males, giving them preferential access to food and their choice of whom to mate with. Social bonds within a group are reinforced by grooming in their uniquely prosimian way, using their toothcomb to groom their fur and that of the other members of the group. The mongoose lemur's activity changes from day to night based on the season. During dry seasons, they tend to be nocturnal and will switch to diurnal actability at the start of a cold, wet season.
We have a male and female pair of mongoose lemurs here at PPZ. Both of them come to us from the Duke University Primate Center.