News Room | Durham Museum Celebrates Birthday of Country's Oldest Red Ruffed Lemur
Contact: Leslie Pepple, Communications Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Durham, NC - March 2014
Animal keepers at the Museum of Life and Science had special reason to celebrate today - the nation's oldest red ruffed lemur, "Cynthia," turned 33. The average lifespan for red ruffed lemurs in captivity is approximately 15-20 years and according to regional and international studbooks, Cynthia is now the oldest known female in captivity in the world and the oldest red ruffed in the United States. "That's no small feat and certainly worthy of a big birthday bash!" remarked Animal Department Director, Sherry Samuels. "Such incredible longevity is a testament to the Museum's commitment to animal wellness."
Staff celebrated Cynthia's big day by treating her to a birthday cake made from tropical fruits, special puzzle feeder presents and festive decorations. Guests were invited to join in the celebration at a special Meet the Keeper programs where animal keepers discussed lemur behavior, the importance of enrichment activities with captive populations and the role the Museum plays in lemur conservation.