Red Ruffed Lemur

Red-ruffed Lemur

Lemur variegatus rubra

 Quick Facts

Red-ruffed Lemur
Found:  Madagascar
Size:  2 feet
Weight:  10 pounds
Diet:  fruit, leaves, flowers, eggs
Life Span:  15 to 20 years
Status:  Endangered

Like all lemurs, red-ruffed lemurs are only found on the island of Madagascar where they spend most of their time in the upper canopy of the dense tropical forest.  They are very vocal, using  sounds to define territories and warn each other of predators, such as snakes, eagles, large mammals, and humans.  You can hear their vocalizations throughout the Zoo.  Ruffed lemurs live in groups of two to ten individuals, usually a mated pair and offspring, and spend most of their day feeding, traveling and resting. They are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and arboreal (tree dwelling).  Because lemurs cannot manipulate their fingers well, their six bottom teeth form a “toothcomb” they use to groom themselves and other members of their social group.  They also use a specialized claw on the second toes of their hind feet to brush their coat.  Ruffed lemurs are the only primates that produce litters of young---the most common litter size being three. The young are born in a nest built by the female.  Red-ruffed lemurs do not carry their young on their backs but instead, leave them in the nest or the crotch of a tree while they forage for food.

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