Keeping Lemurs Safe

It’s a difficult time– for everyone. Things are new for everyone with the Covid-19 virus. For many weeks we’ve got to change our way of living to help keep ourselves and those most at risk from this virus as safe as possible.

At the Museum, a lot has changed. Too much to write about right now. Instead, know that we are here caring for each other and the animals whose wellness we are responsible for.

With the above in mind, we have upped our restrictions and requirements cross the board, and especially with lemurs. Anyone doing anything “lemur related” is gloving and masking. The masking is to prevent droplets. Kate, in the photo below, has a mask on (and gloves) as she preps lemur food. (Note that I wore two bandanas today: one for my forehead and the other as a “mask”)

During this morning’s lemur physicals, we all gowned up. We’re working hard to keep our social distance, but it was just not possible for this task.

In the first photo to follow, you can barely see the lemur in Aaron’s hands. Dr. Vanderford is checking out the lemur before giving it drugs to go to sleep. The second photo has a sleepy lemur on the procedure table. Katy, as always, keeping everyone on task to make sure all is getting done as it needs to.

All physicals this morning went well. We’ll do the physcials for the rest of the lemurs next week.

2 responses to Keeping Lemurs Safe

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    Sarah says:

    Why are you taking these precautions with the Lemurs? Can the virus pass to them? Are you taking similar measures with other animals? Thank you!!

    • Sherry Samuels
      Sherry Samuels says:

      Good questions Sarah,
      This virus is zoonotic. While it hasn’t shown that our animals can be impacted, we always take additional precautions with non-human primates given how closely related to humans they are. We always mask and glove in the lemur house, so not much different. Keep the questions coming!

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