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Lemurs are small monkeys that love to eat fruit and nuts and vegetables too.


The keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, make sure the lemurs, which all live together on an island in the Zoo, get lots of healthy snacks and treats every day. Sometimes the keepers make toys for the lemurs to make it more difficult for them to get their food. They might put peanuts inside a cardboard box, or inside a container with just some small holes in the side.

This means the animals have to work out how to open the box or container. It’s like a puzzle where the reward is the food. I’m glad my mum just gives me food on a plate. And here’s a cool lemur fact – the word lemur means ‘silent night ghost’. That’s because they can move through the forest as quiet as a mouse…