Couple brings lemurs to Delaware County Fair

Primates from Madagascar race several times a day

By Liz Zabel, The Gazette

Ring-tailed lemurs — primates from Madagascar — are in Manchester, Iowa this week for the Delaware County Fair. The fair runs from July 7-13.

Cherri and Lane Ivers of Las Vegas have been traveling around the country, living in a 53-foot custom-made trailer with six ring-tailed lemurs. The Ivers are showcasing the lemurs this week in Manchester at the Delaware County Fair, which runs through Sunday.

Included in the Ivers’ show is a view into their trailer, where they educate fairgoers on the lemurs’ lifestyle and habitat. Throughout the day, the Ivers have six 15-minute racing shows, and the audience is able to help lemurs “race” on the track.

“When people come to see our show, it’s our No. 1 goal to help spread awareness of these animals,” said Cherri Ivers, explaining that ring-tailed lemurs are on the threatened species list, and are close to becoming endangered.

Cherri Ivers works with the lemurs every day, studying and working with their habitat. She said taking care of the animals on tour can be a lot of work, but she is really glad she is the one that gets to do it.

“Not only am I educating others, I’m educating myself every day,” she said.

Jeannie Domeyer, manager of the Delaware County Fair, said the fair is the biggest event in the county, bringing in more than 50,000 people.

“We’ve always wanted to be the gathering place of our community,” Domeyer said. “We try to offer things that will get kids involved ... and bring in something you can’t see every day.”

Laughing, she added, “You wouldn’t see (lemurs) in Iowa.”

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