Lemurs’ veggie diet

Black lemurs, Florence and Bryan, have been put on a vegetable-only diet in a bid to improve their coat condition.


Keepers have reduced the high-sugar fruit in the eight-year-old Lemur Wood residents’ diets and upped their intake of greens.

Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens, said: “We noticed that Florence and Bryan were developing greasy coats, so after I attended a primate nutritional course and heard how cutting out fruit can do wonders with primate coat conditions, I decided to give it a go.”

Florence and Bryan, the walkthrough exhibit’s only black lemurs, now tuck into delicious health-boosting meals of swede, parsnip, broccoli, aubergine, courgette, green beans, leafy lettuce and fennel each day.

Pat added: “The vegetables we are giving them are high in fibre and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.

“They also eat a specially formulated primate pellet, which provides a correct balance of nutrients and we do give them a special treat of a small piece of apple and banana now and again to boost their potassium levels.

“It’s too early to see any results at the moment, but it will be interesting to see if their coat condition does improve in the coming weeks.”

dzg_lemur_new_diet_1Trainee Keeper, Harley Hunt, delivers Florence and Bryan’s vegetable dish to their Lemur Wood home.