Micke Grove Zoo

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Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur
Varecia variegata

  • Habitat: Coastal tropical rainforest
  • Range: Eastern Madagascar
  • Natural Diet: Fruits, leaves, flowers, seeds, nectar
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED

 

Fun facts

  • Black and white ruffed lemurs are black in color and they are excellent pollinators
  • Females are in charge of their social groups
  • They are one of the largest living species of lemurs
  • They use their tails to balance when they climb
  • Their body color helps camouflage and hide them from their predators

 

Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • Habitat loss, some agricultural practices, and logging trees for firewood.
  • Illegal hunting also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers

 

 

These primates are black and white in color and they are highly arboreal

Animal keepers create enrichment such as hammocks made from fire-hose and administer them to motivatee animal residents to display species-specific behavior

 

map Distributional range

All species lemurs are endemic to Madagascar, the island in black to the right of Africa