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Red-ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Managed Care

History in Managed Care

  • Europe
    • First red-ruffed lemur in managed care
      • 1820; Jardin des Plantes, Paris (Vasey and Tattersall 2002)
  • North American
    • Early records
      • 1962: first individuals imported to Duke Lemur Center (from Whipple 2014a)
        • 1 male, 2 females
      • 1966: first birth (Eddie et al. 2015; Whipple 2014a)
  • Breeding in managed care (from Whipple 2014a unless otherwise noted)
    • Few births prior to 1970
    • 42 births 1970-1980
      • San Diego Zoo (SDZ) an early leader in breeding (Brockman et al. 1987)
        • 34 births at SDZ within the decade
    • Successful breeding established
      • 193 births 01 Jan 2010-01 Aug 2014 (Whipple 2014b)
      • Average of 15 births per year; range 7-22 (Eddie et al. 2015)

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  • Historical notes
    • Early records
      • 1966: first housed at the San Diego Zoo (Whipple 2014a)

Red-ruffed Lemur

a Red-ruffed Lemur in captivity

Red-ruffed lemur. ZOOM Erlebniswelt, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Image credit: Mathias Appel at Flickr. Public domain.

Rare Red-ruffed Lemur

Rare red-ruffed lemur born at the San Diego Zoo.

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Page Citations

Brockman et al. (1987)
Eddie et al. (2015)
Vasey and Tattersall (2002)
Whipple (2014a, b)
ZIMS (2015)

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