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12-20 Enrichment for Humans: Lemur Holiday Fruit Cake

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Enrichment for Humans: Lemur Holiday Fruit Cake

Background: We love to celebrate at the DLC! Lemur technicians will usually create a special surprise for the lemurs in their care for a birthday celebration, or sometimes just for fun! Lemurs enjoy a lot of the same things that humans do – fruit, nuts, fruit jams and syrups, nut butters, and sometimes even spices to appeal to that keen sense of smell! We’ve created a special recipe for a holiday fruit cake that is both lemur and human friendly!

Serves: one family of humans, several families of lemurs


1 cup sultanas

1 cup raisins

¾ cup dried apricots

7 dried figs

½ cup craisins

⅓ cup walnuts

1 cup almonds

juice of one, and the zest from half of a medium sized orange

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

*set aside any whole dried fruits, nuts, and other ingredients to decorate


  1. In a food processor, chop almonds and walnuts
  2. Add dried fruit and chop
  3. Add remainder of ingredients (set aside whole fruits to mix in as desired) and blend into dough
  4. Mix in any whole chunks of fruit, nuts, cherries, or other favorites
  5. Press mixture into cake pan and decorate!
  6. When mixture is set, cut and enjoy! (Or eat it with your hands, we won’t judge!)