If you want to have an exotic animal at home, but have not yet decided which one, take a closer look at the tiny and cute lemur. Of all the proposed exotic animals, it is the most unusual, and it is still difficult to see it in urban environments. Too much human love has led him almost to the brink of destruction.
If you decide to become the owner of a home lemur, get acquainted with the conditions of its content, and most importantly, learn how to choose it correctly in order to make your own contribution to the cause of protecting the Earth.
Lemur: description and living conditions
Comoros and Madagascar are home to this cute little animal. It was from there the baby, belonging to the most primitive primates, appeared all over the world. Lemurs are nocturnal, some of them live upstairs, while others live on the ground. The tail of the lemur is an integral part of the body, which can be compared with another hand.
The size of the domestic lemur is comparable to an ordinary cat. Its weight varies, depending on the type, from 10 g to 30 kg. A distinctive feature of this fabulous creature are large and expressive eyes that can not leave anyone indifferent.
Compared to other primates, domestic lemurs do not play pranks, are calmer, not embittered and not irritable. They do not cause such troubles as, for example, baboons, monkeys, macaques and other monkeys, they quickly adapt to the climate. Domestic lemur females are less docile and learnable than males.
How to keep lemur at home?
- For home lemurs, cages with both metal and wooden rods, as well as a mixed type, are suitable. The best option is a large and spacious aviary.
- By nature, a lemur is a very active animal, and it takes a lot of space to satisfy its thirst for movement. Otherwise, instead of overgrowth in his homeland, he will turn upside down the owner's apartment.
- It is better to take ware for food and drink ceramic, glass or porcelain. In general, domestic lemurs are careful and careful, but if an animal was caught in adulthood in nature, there will be problems with it, more than enough, it will not be able to live in captivity.
An open-air cage or cage is equipped, depending on the size of the lemur. It must be free in order to ensure its smooth movement and proper development. For convenience, you need to make a special nest inside: put an old hat or build a wooden house. Here the lemur will be able to hide, feel safe and relax. It is better to make litter from natural cotton wool or dried hay. Inside also need to put the branches of trees.
Cleaning the cage is done every day, and 1 p. per month the litter changes, the floor is wiped with a damp cloth.
The aviary should be placed in a quiet place where there are few people, no heaters and drafts. If there is a desire to create a pair, then the lemurs must be settled together at an early age, in the other case they must live separately. It is better to take an animal out of a cage with a special net, otherwise it can bite, because it is very fearful.
Home Lemur Diet
- The diet of lemurs is diverse and includes both animal products and plant foods. One third of the diet of domestic lemurs should consist of insects, dairy products and porridge, plant food. They eat fine meal worms, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, bread soaked in boiling water, milk millet or rice porridge.
- If the animal in food is fastidious and refuses certain vegetables, brush them with honey or sprinkle with pollen.
- Water utensils should always be filled with water. In the diet can not be allowed a lack of some products and an overabundance of others. Otherwise, it can lead to developmental problems and diseases. An animal should not be given leftovers from the table to avoid allergic reactions.
- Since the lemur is a night animal, it is better to feed him at night too. You can try to teach him to eat during the day, but you should not do it by force.
Cons content of lemur at home
Such is the nature of wild animals, to which the lemur belongs to the home, that they go to the toilet, wherever they want. It is impossible to accustom them to one place, and, apart from the aggression on the part of the lemur, the owner will not receive any result. It remains only to put up with it or refuse to purchase such an exotic animal.
Also, the lemur can not be hurt and try to teach something against his will. He is very attached to his owners, and if he accepts their behavior, he will delight with his affection and curiosity.
How much is a home lemur?
Thanks to conservation measures and attempts to save many endangered animal species from total annihilation, it is very difficult to buy a lemur. Poaching is prosecuted, and there are very few babies born in captivity.
The price ranges from 60 to 100,000 rubles. When buying, you must check all documents certifying that the home lemur is not smuggled. This is very important not only because it is a crime that is prosecuted, but also because of possible diseases that can be dangerous to humans if the animal was removed from its natural habitat and did not pass the veterinary control at the border. Since the removal of lemurs from nature is prohibited, if the animal is offered to you without documents, it must be shown to the veterinarian, and it is better to refuse the purchase.
When deciding to buy a lemur, remember that removing lemurs from nature is illegal, so first make sure that your chosen lemur was born and raised in captivity. The cost of lemurs is the price of the freedom of the animal. So think, it may be better to take a stray dog or cat from the street or a shelter needing your love and care, who were tamed by a man 5,500 years ago and can become true friends than to deprive freedom of an innocent and such a beautiful animal as a lemur not born to live in a cage. With its disappearance, the Earth will not stop, but it will not be someone very important.