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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 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 them camouflage and hide 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 their wild numbers

These primates are black and white in color



Distributional range

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