For an old lady you have to admit that Ozma looks spectacularly good! Okay, perhaps she could use a little tooth trimming (and whitening!). Actually tooth trimming is something the Vet Department does every few months on some of our older aye-ayes. Younger aye-aye are constantly chewing on anything they can get their teeth on, and their ever growing incisors remain at a good length just from this natural wear. Some of the older aye-aye, though, have slowed down enough that their chewing cannot keep pace with the growth of their incisors. Ozma is now about 32.3 which makes her our second oldest aye-aye behind Endora (34.2) and right in front of our other two wild caughts Nosferatu (32.14) and Poe (31.14). Since all four of these elders were wild caught in Madagascar in 1987 (Poe and Nosferatu) and 1991 (Endora and Ozma) no one knows exactly how old they are, as their ages were estimated by former DLC Director, Ken Glander when they arrived at the DLC, based on the amount of wear their teeth showed at that time: An inexact science for sure, especially for animal's as unusual as aye-aye!
As the weather cools down, the snuggles increase!
Carolina’s family pictured here is enjoying one last forest afternoon before being moved to their winter habitat.
From left to right we have Nacho (0.5 year old), Oscar (3.5 year old), Bonita (1.5 years old), Carolina [only her tail is visible] (7.5 years old) and Duggan (9.5 years old)
The NHE 4 ring-tailed lemur group was blissfully catching some rays this morning, in a sun bathing ritual repeated throughout the Lemur Center. Tonight, temperatures at the DLC are supposed to be in the 30s, which means that for the first time this fall, all free ranging groups must be closed into their winter barns for one or two days until the arrival of milder weather. Not to worry free ranging lemur fans, our forest dwellers should be back in the trees by Thursday! :David Haring
Five month old blue eyed lemur female Leigh sends out a high five to all her fans!
She reports that she is doing really well since moving away from her totally unsupportive mother, Margret, and that everyone should stay tuned for some potentially major news!