Many people often take daily supplements to provide essential nutrients to keep our bodies healthy and strong as we grow older, as well as aiding in the prevention of some diseases. Some of our older lemurs here at the reserve also take supplements to keep them active and strong. The most common supplement given to our lemurs is glucosamine.
Glucosamine is a compound typically produced by the body, which helps keep our joints healthy. When an animal gets older, it becomes a little more difficult to produce glucosamine, which can lead to arthritis. Lemurs are very active and social animals and having sore and stiff joints can lead to lack of mobility, which can impact feeding and social behavior. Supplements such as glucosamine can ensure that all of our lemurs stay healthy and active.
We currently have six lemurs at the reserve taking glucosamine, including collared lemurs (Eulemur collaris) Claire and Antoine, Sanford lemur Ikoto (Eulemur sanfordi), mongoose lemur Emelia (Eulemur mongoz), and common brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) Pinot and Shiraz.
Ensuring the best welfare for the lemurs on the reserve is just part of how we are helping to conserve lemurs at the LCF reserve and around the globe. Visit our website at http://www.lemurreserve.org/ to learn more about how LCF is promoting lemur conservation.
by Joe Van Sistine, Animal Husbandry Intern