For a more effortless and secure experience on our site, please consider updating your browser

Endangered Lemurs looking good at Orana as they groom themselves to be real Kiwis

October 10, 2012
Endangered Lemurs looking good at Orana as they groom themselves to be real Kiwis

The endangered Lemur from Madagascar is a fascinating animal with amazing features and at Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch they carry their own comb. In order to keep their beautiful coats in good condition they have a toothcomb and a grooming claw.

The toothcomb is a row of finely spaced teeth that the Lemur uses in a similar way to how we would use a hair comb. They also have an elongated claw on their second toe which they use for grooming and scratching, Lucie de Boehmler of Orana Wildlife Trust says. Lemurs live in a female dominated society, usually in small family groups of around two to five animals.

There is family of four at Orana; Rumel and Jerry are the parents of Ala and Afo. The Lemurs are adaptable even in the extremes of a New Zealand June snow storm; their long thick fur providing excellent warmth .

Our Lemurs are well acclimatised to New Zealand weather, all were born here and their coats have grown significantly thicker than many in the wild would have, Lucie said.

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are listed by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) as Critically Endangered. The species is believed to have undergone a decline of 80 percent over a period of 27 years.

The major threat to their survival is habitat loss due to slash-and-burn agriculture, logging and mining. Orana is part of the international, zoo-based breeding program for Ruffed Lemurs, performing an advocacy role for this species.

Lemurs come from Madagascar. They are endangered because forest clearing, agriculture, logging and mining is destroying their habitat. Orana Wildlife Park is part of the international zoo-based breeding program for the species. has joined Orana Wildlife Parks, Christchurch, Adopt an Animal program with a Black and White Ruffed Lemur adoption.

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana

The program is open to individuals, families, school groups, clubs societies and businesses. All donations over $5 are tax deductible. Adoption funds go towards the costs of food, veterinary care, breeding programs and maintenance of the animals' homes.

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch, provides family pass prizes for the monthly prize draw for GoSee TravelSmart Club members. Sixteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and are accompanied by a presentation from a wildlife guide.

This means Orana Wildlife Park has something to keep visitors of all ages entertained for the entire day. Orana's unique and exciting animal encounters are a park specialty and get visitors up close in a unique experience. Stroll through an alpine themed aviary for close views of New Zealand Kea the worlds only mountain parrot.

Guests will also view the antics of many other amazing animals such as Apes, Monkeys, Meerkats, Otters, Porcupines and Wild Dogs.

The Parks extensive native fauna collection features Kiwi as well as a range of other endemic birds such as Tui, Bellbird, Kereru and Kakariki.

The Park is home to one of the most comprehensive public collections of native geckos. Guided tours occur daily and visitors can ride on Orana's complimentary Safari Shuttle, join a guided walkabout tour and/or meander around the Park at their leisure.

Set in 80 hectares Orana is New Zealands only open range zoo. Orana Wildlife Park is located within 15 minutes drive of Christchurch Airport.

Lemurs need  us to be responsible consumers
Lemurs need us to be responsible consumers

Over 400 animals, representing more than 70 species, are displayed at Orana Wildlife Park. Internationally, Orana Wildlife Park is known for its breeding programs for Rothschild's giraffe, southern white rhinoceros, cheetah, scimitar-horned oryx and sable antelope.

Orana Wildlife Park on McLeans Island Road, Harewood is 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD. Open daily 10am until 5pm. Last entrance is 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Admission Prices: Adults $25. Senior Citizens $21. Students - Student ID required $21. Children (5-14 years) $8.

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Schoolers FREE. Concession (2 Adults up to 3 Children) $58.

Orana is  part of  Lemur international breeding program
Orana is part of Lemur international breeding program