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A pair of black and white ruffed lemurs, seven year old female Naissance, and four year old male Herschel, were released last week into the six acre NHE8. Given the fact that Herschel had little free ranging experience, and Naissance none, the pair are doing great, and are getting along fabulously with the sifaka and ring-tailed lemur groups they share the forest with. In this photo it might appear that Herschel is bowing to the lemur gods in thanks for his release into the forest, or maybe initiating a play session in a very canine manner, but actually he is using his sternal scent gland to mark the forest floor by rubbing his chest back and forth over the dirt and fallen leaves. We're not sure how much of the six acres Herschel plans on marking, but it looks like he is in for a busy summer!