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Red Ruffed Lemur
Varecia rubra

  • Habitat: Deciduous tropical forests
  • Range: Masaola Peninsula of Madagascar's Northeast coast
  • Natural Diet: Fruit, flowers, nectar, leaves, and buds
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED


Fun Facts

  • Red ruffed lemurs have black tails and their bodies are reddish-brown in color
  • 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 due to encroachment by humans and logging practices.
  • Illegal hunting and trapping also has a detrimental influence on wild numbers



Red Ruffed Lemur These lemurs have a black tail and their bodies are reddish-brown

Map Distributional range

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