Myakka City Diary – what do our lemurs do in cold weather?

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It’s getting cold in south Florida!  Our domes are important cold weather resources for the LCF lemur colony.  They serve as secure shelters for the free-ranging lemurs in the forests so that they can be protected and stay together in their groups when emergencies arise, including drops in temperature.  The domes are designed to withstand hurricanes and are divided so that they can contain two groups.  Right now it is quite cold overnight; 27F in Myakka City last night!

Meet Fred, now 23. He is the oldest lemur at LCF Myakka City.
Meet Fred, now 23. He is the oldest lemur at LCF Myakka City.

During the winter months, even in Florida, special considerations are made to ensure our lemurs health and safety. They receive a ‘winter diet’ with increased calories.  Sometimes individuals have special needs, like Fred.  On cold nights, when all of our lemurs sleep inside the domes, Fred has two heating pads!

The domes also help establish natural territorial boundaries in the multi-acre forests.  Fred’s family group includes 2 other Sandord’s Lemurs, Ikhito and Bao.

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Although the Myakka City Lemur Reserve is in south Florida and surrounded by citrus groves,  LCF Animal Husbandry staff gives special attention to every detail of their habitat, including Florida’s colder days and nights.

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