Ren seen relaxing in his hammock at the Monkey Haven.


The Monkey Haven is mourning the death of their gorgeous Ren, a rare Black and White Ruffed Lemur who won the hearts of everyone who met him.

Ren joined the Monkey Haven 6 years ago to ‘retire’ and he certainly kept the staff on their toes.

Every morning, the Keepers were greeted with a grunt and then an offering of his belly for a little tickle.

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The Head Keeper, Terri Cooke, recalls:

“Even at our Keeper talks he much preferred his tummy rubs over his snacks”

Over the past two years, Ren had been battling major health issues, including testicular cancer.

Their Keepers and vet had tried 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.

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Terri added:

“He was a black and white ball of fluff with a grumpy attitude that you couldn’t help love.

“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.”

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Keeper Lilymae Millichamp was especially fond of Ren and nicknamed him Sir Renald.

“He was a little fighter right up to the end,”

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.

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