Ring Tailed Lemurs
- Hi everyone. I've just joined the group. I currently house many
varieties of exotics at our 12 acre facility and plan on moving to 80
acres the fall of 2002. We plan on opening our zoo to the public the
spring of 2003. I have many years of experience with animals but only
have housed exotics for 6 years now. I do not breed at this time, but
may in the future. The animals in our care are patagonian cavies,
wallaby, sheep/goats, totroises, zebu, mini donkeys, ostrich, emu,
parrots, arctic fox, a camel, horses, pot bellied pigs, lesser spot
nosed & grivet guenons and ring tailed lemurs.
My question is, if anyone can help is as follows: I have been told
that Ring Tailed Lemurs require tannic acid in their diet. Currently
they drink tea to supply them with a source of tannic acid. My
question is: Which tea should I be using? Black, green or is just
Lipton tea bags good enough? I would truly appreciate your input in
regards to this matter.
- We give our Lemurs Liptons Green Tea...You might contact Candy McMahon at the
Louisville Zoo. 502-451-0440. They've been researching Lemur diets for a
group of RingTails, Blacks, and a Ruffed, and have formulated a very good
diet. We also feed Leafeater biscuits, a variety of fruits and berries and
Tamarind Pods. If memory serves I think the pods are also rich in Tannins.
- Hi group,
This may be a little late on the subject.... but..... why do ringtails need
tannins? What does it do for them?
Irvine Park Zoo
Chippewa Falls, WI
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: [zookeeper] Ring Tailed Lemurs
> We give our Lemurs Liptons Green Tea...You might contact Candy McMahon at
> Louisville Zoo. 502-451-0440. They've been researching Lemur diets for a
> group of RingTails, Blacks, and a Ruffed, and have formulated a very good
> diet. We also feed Leafeater biscuits, a variety of fruits and berries and
> Tamarind Pods. If memory serves I think the pods are also rich in Tannins.
> Karen Veleta
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