Red Ruffed Lemur
Wild: 15-20 years
Captivity: 30 years
Name of Young
- Red Ruffed Lemurs are one of the largest primates in Madagascar. They are herbivores and eat fruit (particularly figs), nectar, pollen, and leaves.
- The females are usually heavier than the males. They live in matriarchal groups led by a dominant female with up to 16 members.
- They rarely descend to the ground. Females build nests of leaves and branches for their young in the trees. Once the young are a few weeks old, the mother will stash them in hiding places while she forages nearby.
- These lemurs spend much of their time grooming. Their lower incisor is a “tooth comb” used to help with cleaning. The second toe on each foot is also longer and is used for grooming purposes.
- All lemurs are Prosimians. This word means “before apes”.
Did You Know?
Red ruffed lemurs have acute eyesight, but it is believed that they, and many other lemurs, have limited color vision. Lemurs are thought to have dichromatic vision, meaning they see in two colors.