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Black and White Ruffed Lemur undergoes ENT procedure at Perth Zoo April 2, 2019

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Photo Melissa Leo Perth Zoo

Maphuti is an 11-year-old Black and White Ruffed Lemur who lives on the island at Perth Zoo’s main lake. After keepers noticed a lump on his nose he was sent to the Zoo vet department for a check-up where it was determined that an ENT specialist would be required for the delicate procedure to remove the growth (or samples of it) from Maphuti’s sinus.


The ENT specialist usually works with humans rather than animals, but has assisted at Perth Zoo previously. As primates and humans are so closely related, human specialists may occasionally be brought in to assist with animal health issues that require very specialised treatment.

The ENT Specialist was Shyan Vijayasekara.


There was a lot of planning and extra study involved to familiarise the ENT Specialist with the anatomy of lemurs. Special equipment was also brought in for the surgery. The procedure was successful in treating a fungal infection in the sinus, followed up with a course of medication to ensure that the infection has completely resolved.

Photo Melissa Leo Perth Zoo ENT Specialist, Shyan Vijayasekara, Perth Zoo Veterinarian, Alisa Wallace


Maphuti was brought back to the island after his recovery and has been in good health since.



Further Background on the species:

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are critically endangered in the wild. Their main threats are habitat destruction and they are also hunted for food and the pet trade. Perth Zoo partners with the Madagascan Fauna and Flora Group to conserve native species in Madagascar including the Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur. Maphuti and the other lemurs on the island play a very important role as ambassador animals for their species. Visitors can book Eye to Eye encounters to visit them on the island at the Zoo’s main lake and learn more about these incredible primates. Perth Zoo is also part of a coordinated breeding program for this species to help save them from extinction.



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