Black  and White Ruffed Lemur - Jersey Zoo

Black  and White Ruffed Lemur - Jersey Zoo

Lemur variegatus

RANGE: Northeastern Madagascar

HABITAT: Rain forest

SIZE: 22 inches; Tail length 24 inches

DIET: Mainly fruit, also leaves and flowers

CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered. Declining  in numbers due to habitat destruction, hunting, and commercial exportation. Loss of forest e.g. to charcoal burning. Predators.

NOTES: Tree dweller however feeling safe in captivity they are often on the ground. Fox like snout. Usually mate for life. Do not mix with Red Ruffed Lemurs in wild. Ruffed lemur mothers  - uniquely amongst lemurs - will leave their offspring in a tree branch or in a nest, whilst foraging for food.

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