but they are so damn cute
(6) Would lemurs make good pets?
In the words of Joao de Souza, who researched the issue:
- In some cities in the USA it is legal to own a lemur, but you will
have some very hard time trying to find one for sale. Pet shops
will NOT carry them, and any reputable zoo or university will NOT
sell you one of theirs.
- Having a lemur as a pet is not at all a good idea. Okay, they are
adorable looking little cretures, but thats when you don't have to
take care of them. First of all, like most primates, lemurs are
VERY strong. They like to run around and to climb onto your
furniture. Unless you have a huge back-yard, and are willing to
transforming it into a cage, the lemur WILL destroy your house.
- Lemurs cannot be house trained (they will defecate wherever they
feel like, and they will pee all over the house in order to mark
the territory). If you try to house train a lemur, it will turn
violent, and you don't want a pissed-off lemur anywere near you.
You may want to try some easier pet (ie: an elephant, a couple of
giraffes, a herd of buffalos, etc... :-)
From the alt.fan.lemurs faq