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Meet Our Troop

At Wildlife Wonderland, we take great pride in the work that we do, and that includes providing a safe and permanent home for endangered and aggressive species. Each and every one of our animal residents has a unique story on how they made their way to our troop and we hope you enjoy learning all about them. 

Ring Tailed Lemurs

Ring-tailed lemurs are the most iconic species of Lemur and are well-known from the movie Madagascar. Although these beautiful animals may look cute and cuddly, they are equipped with razor-sharp canines that can rip through flesh in a matter of seconds, which often leads to their surrender to our sanctuary.

     Ring-tailed lemurs are indigenous to the more desert terrain of Madagascar, a tiny island off the coast of Africa that is the only habitat for all Lemur species. They are a female-dominant species, with a lead female who calls the shots for the troop. Ring-tails are highly social animals and can live in troops of up to 30 other lemurs, taking care of their daily activities independently.

     Lemurs are unfortunately endangered due to deforestation, with their natural habitat being taken over for farming and mining. At Wildlife Wonderland, we are dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of all Lemur species and raising awareness of the importance of their conservation.

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are among the many Lemur species that are endangered and are found exclusively on the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa. These majestic creatures are one of the larger species of Lemurs and reside high in the trees of the forest region of Madagascar. They are frugivores with an extremely fast metabolism, allowing them to pass seeds up to the size of a quarter and deposit them on the forest floor, providing future fruit trees for generations to come.

     The other species in the Genus of Varecia is the critically endangered Red Ruffed Lemur. Both the Red Ruffed and Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are genetically similar, which allows them to successfully breed, resulting in a hybrid lemur called the tri-colored Ruffed Lemur. Red Ruffed Lemurs are one of the largest pollinators on Earth, with pollen spreading through their beautiful Ruffed collar as they move from plant to plant while searching for nectar in native plants.

     Did you know that Ruffed Lemurs have six nipples, allowing the mothers to nurse six babies simultaneously? This unique feature means that Ruffed Lemurs are capable of giving birth to up to six babies per breeding cycle, which is truly remarkable. At Wildlife Wonderland, we are committed to raising awareness about the importance of protecting these incredible creatures and preserving their natural habitats.

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Kinkajous

Kinkajous are often mistaken for primates but are actually close relatives to the Raccoon. These cute creatures are indigenous to central and South America. Kinkajous love to raid beehives and steal honey,  with their long tongues that can reach up to 5 inches which landed them the adorable name of honey bears. Kinkajous also enjoy extracting nectar with their glorious tongues and are responsible for pollination in the areas that they reside in.

 

Equipped with a prehensile tail, kinkajous use their incredibly muscular tail as a 5th limb to grab branches and navigate through the forest trees. These awesome creatures are arboreal and are almost never seen on the forest floors. This adorable nocturnal animal relies heavily on the sense of scent to navigate in the darkness back to their nests. 

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