It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of gorgeous Ren, a rare Black and White Ruffed Lemur who won the hearts of everyone who met him.
Ren joined us six years ago to ‘retire’ and he certainly kept us on our toes. Every morning, the Keepers were greeted with a grunt and then a offering off his belly for a little tickle.
“Even at our Keeper talks he much preferred his tummy rubs over his snacks”, recalls Head Keeper Terri Cooke.
Over the past two years, Ren had been battling major health issues, including testicular cancer. Our Keepers and vet had been trying their absolute hardest to manage his health problems for some time. Sadly, last week we had to make the difficult decision to put him to sleep. He had reached the great old age of 24.
“He was a black and white ball of fluff with a grumpy attitude that you couldn’t help love”, says Terri. “All of us Keepers are so upset to lose such a gorgeous boy. We will always cherish his memory – we will never forget how much he disliked his neighbours and grunted at us if we didn’t give him as much fruit as he wanted.”
Keeper Lilymae Millichamp was especially fond of Ren, and nicknamed him Sir Renald. “He was a little fighter right up to the end,” she says.
One of Ren’s favourite activities was sunning himself in his hammock and we all like to think of him now, in a big hammock in the sky. Bye bye beautiful Ren. We’ll miss you.