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So far, March has been one chilly month! True to the ancient weather proverb, it roared in like a lion, but ever since then DLC staff and lemurs have been anxiously waiting in vain for it to take a turn for the lamb like. In February, lemurs were allowed to free range for 16 of that months 28 nights (forecasted minimum temperatures must be 41 or above for three consecutive nights before lemurs are released to the forest). But so far in March, (now almost half gone), lemurs have been allowed to free range only one measly night, March 1st, which some might argue is really just late February given that month's low number of days. Even more discouraging for the average lemur is that for most of March, they have been allowed access to their outdoor cages for only a few hours a day (temperatures must be above 41). Even then it has often been too chilly for the animals to stay out for very long (like Wenceslaus here, returning to his cozy indoor triplex cage from a chilly March afternoon). It looks like the forecast is finally beginning to warm up a bit, and lemurs will definitely get some outside soaking up the rays time in the next week, but so far no free ranging days in sight.