Black & White Ruffed Lemur
23 inches tail
Name of Young
- 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.