Pictured Left: Jack the giraffe. Pictured Right: Ann Mitchell, head of the Long Island Game Farm’s Ed-Zoo-Cation program, poses with two of the red-ruffed lemurs.
June 9, 2009
Jack the Giraffe Returns to Long Island Game Farm
Lemurs, Opossums Also Make Their New Home
Once again, the Long Island Game Farm is bringing back one of its most popular animals: Jack the giraffe. In addition, the Game Farm is adding red-ruffed lemurs and South American opossums to its exhibits for the 2009 season.
This is Jack’s second season at the Game Farm. He is approximately seven years old, and stands 17 feet tall. “He is very friendly and very beautiful,” said Melinda Novak, Co-Owner and Vice President, Long Island Game Farm. “He loves spending the summer here because of the Long Island weather. People are amazed by his elegance and kind nature.”
The red-ruffed lemur is the largest lemur found in the Lemuridae family. The name usually comes from the color of their fur, which can range from strawberry blond to deep red. They are active during the day, and eat mostly fruit. In the wild, 75-90% of their diet consists of fruit, but they also eat flowers, nectar and some leaves.
The South American opossum is part of the Didelphidae family. This exotic animal can be found in Bolivia, Guyana and Brazil, and can grow to twice the size of a mouse. Unlike the lemur, opossums are nocturnal, meaning they are more active during the night, and are usually solitary animals. They dwell in trees and their diet consists of insects and carrion.
“We are glad to bring these lemurs and opossums to the Game Farm this summer,” Ms. Novak said. “These new additions will definitely attract more visitors to the Game Farm. We are also happy that Jack the giraffe will be with us for another season.”