Red-ruffed lemur

Red-ruffed lemur Varecia rubra (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyLemuridae
Size50–55cm
Weight3.3–3.6kg
Gestation3½ months
Birth2–3 on average
Life-span15–20 years
Diet
frugivorous (fruit, flowers, nectar, leaves)

Habitat
tropical forest

Range
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 evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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