Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Check out Australia Zoo’s Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs!

Swinging through the trees, eating delicious fruits and just being absolutely gorgeous is what these Madagascan natives do best.  Introducing the incredible black-and-white ruffed lemur!

 

Black and White Ruffed Lemur laying on the ground looking up.

 

As their name suggests, black-and-white ruffed lemurs have a beautiful black and white coat with white tufts around the face, a long prehensile tail and gorgeous golden eyes!  They are one of the many species of lemur that call the forests of Madagascar home.

 

The ruffed lemurs are primarily an arboreal species, so they spend most of their time moving nimbly through Madagascan tree tops.  Sometimes, you’ll find them on the ground, running and launching into the trees above.

 

Two Black and White Ruffed Lemurs walking through grass with their tails up.

 

Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are herbivores or, more specifically, frugivores, meaning they feed primarily on fruit.  They’re also known to eat leaves, flowers and nectar  Lemurs play an important role in the Madagascan eco system as these loveable animals are one of the world’s largest pollinators!  Crikey, that’s cool!

 

Black and White Ruffed Lemur running on grass.

 

You’ll usually find this species of lemur in a ‘troop’, the number of individuals varying from a pair to a 20 or more depending upon how much food is about.  They have a loud and large repertoire of vocalisations designed to travel long distances in order to locate their troop and protect their territory from intruders.

 

Black and White Ruffed Lemur looking at camera angrily with tongue out.

 

Sadly, these beautiful primates are racing towards extinction.  They face the threat of poaching and, with the rapid increase in deforestation, they’re losing their homes in the wild.  Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are considered critically endangered.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Mammalia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Varecia

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    variegata

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    50 - 55 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    3 - 4.5 kilograms

  • Diet

    Fugivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    Approx. 102 days

  • threatened species status of animal icon
    Status

    Critically Endangered

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