Senior Living Community for Lemurs

The Greensboro Science Center is home to a lemur exhibit made up of three lemur species: ring-tailed lemurs, red ruffed lemurs and a mongoose lemur. Both our red ruffed lemurs and mongoose lemur are considered geriatric at this point, so special attention is given to this group to ensure they remain happy and comfortable. Part of this special attention entails efforts to ensure they remain socialized as they continue to age.


Ara and Jethys on exhibit

At 32 years old, Ara is one of the oldest known female red ruffed lemurs in North America. With lemurs having an average lifespan ranging in the 20s, Ara is very special. Such an impressive status as hers means extra love and care from her keepers, including close monitoring of the temperature in her living space as well as her eating habits. Last year, her caregivers noticed that Ara was exhibiting some health problems which led to her being taken off exhibit. Our keepers knew she could potentially become lonely without the social interaction offered by the others lemurs on exhibit, so they found a solution: Jethys.

Jethys, our second red ruffed lemur, came to us from the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. At 25 years old, she too, is a senior lemur and therefore seemed the perfect pal for Ara. Both ladies lost their original companions but are now strongly bonded together. Since Ara has been off exhibit, she has been constantly accompanied by her BFF Jethys, who has become quite protective of her elderly friend.


Mongoose lemur, Che

Keepers are now attempting to add a third member to this seniors club, a 26-year-old mongoose lemur named Che (pronounced Sh-ay). In the past, Che spent all of his time with his daughter, Isabella. Due to a tumor that led to Isabella’s euthanization several months ago, Che is now flying solo. Our ring-tailed lemur group didn’t take to him very well, but we’re feeling hopeful that Ara and Jethys can make up for that.

Currently, keepers are helping the lemurs get to know each other via a “howdy” – a process in which the animals are placed in adjacent spaces where they can see, smell and perhaps even touch each other while still separated by a barrier. Although the protective Jethys hasn’t quite embraced this newcomer, we’re feeling optimistic that as the trio continue to become acquainted, we’ll soon see them peacefully occupying neighboring spaces. Much like humans, social interaction is important for all lemurs, providing the mental stimulation they need to stay healthy and happy. Our dedicated team of animal care experts are doing everything in their power to make our lemurs’ golden years great ones.


Zookeepers Don Bowling Shoes

On May 1, many of our zookeepers will be trading their work boots for bowling shoes in support of Bowling for Rhinos.



According to the AAZK (American Association of Zoo Keepers), there were once over 100 species of rhino. Today, only 5 species exist: the white, black, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. All five species are endangered, primarily due to poaching. Rhinos are only safe on protected sanctuaries where they cannot be killed by poachers. The AAZK started Bowling for Rhinos to raise money to fence in some of these sanctuaries, buy planes and vehicles to patrol for poachers, buy cameras and pay for anti-poaching security, among other things.

Rhino Donation Box

Rhino Donation Box

Each bowler is responsible for raising a minimum of $25 to participate and with Bowling For Rhinos’ total goal of $500,000 this year, our zookeepers could certainly use your support to raise as much as possible! If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, just drop some cash into the adorable rhino heads located at our admissions desks. Every dollar and cent helps and we appreciate your concern for these magnificent creatures!