Black and White Ruffed Lemur - Varecia variegata
- Vareigata (Black and White)
- Editorum (Southern Black and White)
- Subcincta (White-belted Black and White)
Found in Eastern Madagascar.
Fruits, leaves, nectar, seeds, flowers.
- Critically Endangered
- Captive breeding efforts, develop a protected areas
- The name “lemur” means “ghost” in Latin. The first people to hear their loud calls thought they were ghosts in the forest.
- The Black and White Ruffed Lemur has the second loudest call of any primate, second only to the Howler Monkey.
- The Ruffed lemur is the largest of the true lemurs.
- The lemurs mainly use smell to communicate. They “scent-mark” by rubbing their bodies on branches to let others know they were there.
- During the day the Ruffed lemur sleeps in a hollow tree curled up into a ball.