Lemur Rescue Center
The Lemur Rescue Center (ONG Reniala) is the first and only rescue center for ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar. Together, Lemur Love and the Lemur Rescue Center are working to take in, care for, and rehabilitate ring-tailed lemurs that have been part of the illegal pet or bushmeat trades in Madagascar.
Ring-tailed lemurs are wild-captured as infants and then used as photo props for tourists, wherein a tourist pays anywhere from a few cents to a dollar or two to have their photo taken with the lemur. Although young lemurs are manageable, they are often kept in very poor and unsuitable conditions, and once they mature they can quickly become aggressive. Owners then have incentive to get rid of the mature animal and seek out yet another baby lemur.
Sadly, life with humans is very traumatic for these young wild lemurs, as lemurs need each other for socialization and are not accustomed to living in cages or being tethered. Additionally, lemurs that are captured as babies do not learn the skills essential for survival in the wild (ability to find or recognize food and water or detect predators). These circumstances result in many young lemurs that are emotionally disturbed and cannot simply be returned to forests.
Lemur Love and the Lemur Rescue Center are working hard to care for lemurs confiscated by Malagasy government officials. We currently have 27 ring-tailed lemurs, with many more in the rescue 'queue'. Our ultimate goal is to rehabilitate these animals and reintroduce them to wild habitat while continuing to provide for them and monitor their well-being. Rehabilitation includes 1) living in a group with other ring-tailed lemurs, 2) recognizing and eating natural forest foods, and 3) reacting appropriately to the threat of potential predators.
Lemur Love and the Lemur Rescue Center are currently looking for partners to support the care of these ring-tailed lemurs and the research needed to determine if and where ring-tailed lemurs could be released.
Volunteer opportunities are also possible. Please contact us for more information.