Rescued lemur ‘King Julian’ doing well, says Miller Park Zoo

The Miller Park Zoo gave an update on "King Julian" after the lemur was found last week
The Miller Park Zoo gave an update on "King Julian" after the lemur was found last week(Miller Park Zoo)
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 2:43 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - The lemur found and rescued last week by the Miller Park Zoo is doing well.

Zoo director Jay Pratte says that the lemur, named “King Julian” has been accepting food and participating in training to encourage him to stand on a scale and to move between quarantine enclosures.

Julian is also enjoying the enrichment that zookeepers are providing several times a day - intended to encourage species-specific behaviors in ring-tailed lemurs, such as natural foraging activities and scent marking.

Julian has shown high numbers of internal parasites. Zoo staff will treat the lemur, under guidance from vets experienced in primate health, and monitor/test for other health concerns or potential deficiencies as a result of previous lack of expert care.

“On a very happy note, Julian is thriving, while learning how to be the lemur he was born to be!“Pratte said.

Authorities have not yet found the owners; anyone with information on this lemur’s origins should reach out to the Illinois Conservation Police at 1-8772DNRLAW (236-7529).