Red Ruffed Lemur

Our Red Ruffed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Red Ruffed Lemur (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Red Ruffed Lemur Facts
Red Ruffed Lemur
Varecia rubra

Life Span
Wild: 15-20 years
Captivity: 30 years
43-47 inches
Average Weight
7-10 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Red Ruffed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • 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.