Black & White Ruffed Lemur

Our Black & White Ruffed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Black & White Ruffed Lemur (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Black & White Ruffed Lemur Facts
Black & White Ruffed Lemur
Varecia variegata

Life Span
10-15 years
17-22.4 inches
23 inches tail
Average Weight
5.7-9 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Black & White Ruffed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are the largest species of true lemur. Their name comes from their coloration and the long ruff of fur on the sides of their neck and under their chin.
  • The pattern of markings varies between individual lemurs, and may be asymmetrical. This means markings on one side may not match those on the other side of the lemur’s body.
  • They are very noisy and can be heard from a distance. Lemurs have a number of calls for social communication and alerting the group to danger.
  • Ruffed lemurs can move both on the ground and in trees. They are mainly frugivorous meaning they prefer to eat fruit, but they will also eat other vegetation and on occasion insects.
  • They are endangered due to habitat destruction. Many of the tall trees they prefer to live in are being cut down by loggers.

Did You Know?

Ruffed lemurs communicate through scent. Females’ scent glands are located on their posterior and males have them on their chest, neck, and jaw. Scent marking communicates identity and territory and is also used in greetings.