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Rimrock Ranch Wildlife Conservancy, Ltd. (Established 1988)
Director: Carolyn Swanson
Mission: To support breeding colonies of each surviving species of lemur; To develop semen preservation and artificial insemination techniques. Artificial semination is an important step in providing genetic diversity, utilization of physically impaired animals incapable of natural breeding, and to produce offspring from unpaired animals; To build a climate controlled building for year round housing of the animals with indoor and outdoor areas. This building would include a classroom for utilization of the facility by school groups as well as allowing for post graduate studies; To increase public awareness of the plight of the lemurs.
Principal Research Programs: Educational lectures to school groups, civic organizations, and club statewide; Creating viable breeding colonies of various species through natural selection; Studying vocalization and behavioral changes during estrus
Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate, Continuing Education, Professional; Field work opportunities not available; Program emphasis: Colony management, Behavior, Conservation; Financial support rarely available; Note: A volunteer program is available for those interested in the general husbandry and care of various prosimians including a study of behavior and vocalization. Responsibilities include: observation, enrichment, preparation of diets, feeding, and daily maintenance of the facility.
Number of Staff: 6
Supported Species: 1 Cebus albifrons (white-fronted capuchin), 1 Cebus apella (tufted capuchin), 5 Eulemur fulvus (brown lemur), 2 Eulemur macaco (black lemur), 4 Eulemur rufus (red-fronted lemur), 9 Lemur catta (ring-tailed lemur), 3 Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), 3 Varecia variegata (black-and-white ruffed lemur)
Publications: "Newsletter" (quarterly)
Last Updated: 2007-08-16
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