The St Catherine's Island Primate Research Program
Ringtailed lemurs managed for research and for researchers
More than fifty Lemur catta in four troops range freely on St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia. The troops are each a matriline, with at present all animals in the collection having been born on the island. The genealogies, both male and female, are known back to 1985. Their habitat is mixed oak and pine forest. Release sites are within 500 meters of each other, and feeding is dispersed to encourage troop interaction and foraging.
They are managed for research and educational purposes to emulate natural troops in their behavior. The owning Foundation supplies grants for research through the American Museum of Natural History, and supplies researchers on the island with excellent housing and other forms of on-site support. Research and educational proposals are welcome. Access to the island is limited to approved guests of the Foundation.