When they’re not eating, sunbathing or leaping around their habitat, you may see our five female ring-tailed lemurs grooming one another – just like what you can see here!


"I like to groom it, groom it!"

Lemurs live in female-dominated troops, so getting groomed is usually a sign of dominance within the hierarchy and shows everyone who’s boss. But, as you can see here, the dominant female often returns the favour! This is because grooming is a great way to form social bonds within a troop and each member may groom one another as a way of showing affection. To initiate grooming, a lemur will often present its body to another and wait for the licking or scratching to begin! While it doesn’t sound too relaxing, these methods are a great way for our lemurs to keep clean, healthy and pest-free!