_DSC7190EDSHP_13630nhe 9 lc intro to red ruffs
Yesterday, Pyxis' red-ruffed lemur group [23 year old Pyxis, 30 year old Borealis and their offspring Bode (3) and Buzz (1)] were released to NHE 9. Six year old ring-tailed lemur Jones couldn’t believe his eyes when he first sighted the approaching ruffed lemurs, and had to stand bipedally for a better view. Then, as Borealis slowly approached, Jones resorted to stink-fighting. His tactics of intimidation seemed to work, at least temporarily, as the ruffed lemurs beat a hasty retreat back to Aty Ala without entering the forest. Today, however was a different story, even the mighty Jones could not deter the ruffed lemurs, and by lunchtime the group was high in the trees. Pyxis is a veteran free ranger, but has not lived in the forest since September, 2014 when she was first introduced to Borealis. None of the three male red-ruffs have ever lived in a forested enclosure, so it is up to Pyxis to give everyone tips on tree climbing.