Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Varecia variegata
PROFILE:

Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are among the largest of the lemur species. Unlike our other lemurs, they are crepuscular, meaning that they are active at dawn and dusk, so they might be napping in the middle of the day. They are mainly fruit eaters, but they do eat other parts of plants, including nectar! Like other nectar eating animals, these lemurs are pollinators of many plants, including the traveler’s palm tree.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Prosimian (primitive primates)
NATIVE TO:
Madagascar
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Frugivore (fruit eater); although they do eat other parts of plants and occasionally invertebrates.
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Wild - unknown; zoos - up to 20+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Small family groups with a dominant female.
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