of Lemurs (Prosimians)
The Lemurs of Madagascar are one of the most critically endangered and one of
the oldest species on Earth. This
WORLD currently features three species/subspecies of Lemurs.
Common Name: Red
Genus/Species: Varecia variegata rubra
The island of Madagascar.
Red ruffed lemurs are restricted to the forests of the Masoala Peninsula in
northeastern Madagascar. They are separated from the black-and-white ruffed
lemur population by the Antainambalana River. The ruffed (both red and
black-and-white) lemurs are tree dwellers and are the most arboreal of the true
Physical appearance may slightly vary depending on geographic area. Red ruffed lemurs are among the larger of the true lemurs, weighing about 8
pounds. They have a long bushy tail, a neck ruff or mane, a fox-like muzzle and
Red ruffed lemurs can give birth to up to 5 young, but two to three are more
common. They breed seasonally, and gestation is just 102 days. The female does
not carry her infants but rather builds a nest where she stays with them for
almost two weeks. If the female needs to
move the infants, she does so by carrying them
in her mouth.
STATUS in Natural Habitat:
Classified as Critically Endangered since they have a limited geographic
distribution and none of their habitat is protetected.
Field studies suggest that red ruffed lemurs, like black-and-white ruffed
lemurs, may be found in monogamous pairs or in loosely organized groups.
Individuals scattered about the dense forest communicate through loud booming
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