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Lemur catta mixed with mungos or meerkats?

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by SimonBio, 14 Nov 2020.

  1. SimonBio

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    Hi Everyone.
    In my institution we'll have ring-tailed lemurs in walk-through exhibit soon. The lemurs will also have access to sulcata tortoise's place. We also have 4 banded mongooses (2:2) in separate exhibit already. Do we need to make a barrier to prevent lemurs entering into mungo's place? The whole place is indoor place. I've never seen this combination before but I still want to try and give lemurs more space and enrichment.
    What do you think?
     
  2. Jarne

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    I'm not sure. I suspect mongooses and lemurs could cause a great deal of conflicts. Apparently Schönbrun keeps or kept meerkats with their lemurs, but I can't directly find wether they still do. I also don't know wether there are risks of disease transfer.

    If you'd do it I would bear in mind that chances are you would need to separate them in the end.
     
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  3. SimonBio

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    Thank you.

    The separation is an option, yes. But I don't know if I can try or not. Generaly we'll have 2 lemurs for the start - a female and a male (vasectomy).

    Yes, I also saw lemurs and meerkats in Schönbrunn ZOO.
     
  4. FBBird

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    I suspect the mongooses’ food would be attractive to the lemurs, but bad for their health, even if the animals themselves got on, which I doubt they would, long term.
     
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  5. GiratinaIsGod

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    Is it a mixed sex gtoup for the ringtails ? Since youngs would be in danger fromthe mongooses.
     
  6. SimonBio

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    Maybe we can separate them while feeding. What about the fights?
     
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    A pair of ring-tailed lemurs, but the male with a vasectomy.
     
  8. GiratinaIsGod

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    ok, that is importent. But why do they not keep a bachlor gtoup of ring tails ? There is a huge overpopulation of males in captivity, and they wouldn't have too reduce the potential genepool of the population ?
     
  9. SimonBio

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    It was a recomendation of the coordinator. In the future we would also like to establish two groups, one bachelor group and one breeding group.