Black & White Ruffed Lemur
Varecia variegata variegata
Ruffed lemurs, like all lemurs, are prosimians. They are so named because of their tufted ears and ruff round their necks.
Size: 51 - 56cm
Weight: 3 - 4.5kg
Black and white ruffed lemurs live on the east coast of Madagascar in the lowland to mid-altitude rain forests.
Their diet consists mainly of fruit and nectar but they will also eat flowers, leaves and seeds.
Black and white ruffed lemurs give birth, after around a 3 month pregnancy, in a well concealed nest constructed of twigs, leaves and vines.
Numbers of black and white ruffed lemurs are believed to have dropped by up to 80% in less than 30 years. This is mainly due to habitat loss and hunting. Our black and white ruffed lemurs are part of the European Breeding Programme and over 10 young have been born here at the park.