Red-ruffed lemur Varecia rubra (EEP)
Birth2–3 on average
frugivorous (fruit, flowers, nectar, leaves)
north-east Madagascar (Masoala peninsula)
The fission/fusion social organisation of red-ruffed lemurs varies according to their habitat and the availability of food sources: in the wet season, fruits are abundant and red-ruffed lemurs live in large groups. In the dry season, when food is scarcer, these groups break off into small units.
Red-ruffed lemurs are among the ‘noisiest’ primates, using around 12 different cries to communicate with each other, mark their territory or alert their group to danger.
The Masoala in north-east Madagascar is a designated conservation zone because of its rich biodiversity: 10 species of lemurs live there, including the red-ruffed lemur and the strange aye-aye.
La Palmyre Zoo helps protecting this species in the wild by supporting the programme: GERP
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW