Red Ruffed Lemur

INTRODUCTION

The red ruffed lemur is a very clean animal and spends a lot of time grooming itself and each other. The lower incisors (front teeth) and the claw on the second toe of the hind foot are specially adapted for this behaviour.

The red ruffed lemur lives 15–20 years in the wild. In captivity, 25 years is not uncommon. It is a diurnal animal, and most active in the morning and evening. Our 2 Red Ruffed lemurs are Buffy and Willow. They are sisters, born in 2007, and came to us from Chester zoo.

They are here as part of a European breeding program and part of this require single sex groups to be established.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Varecia rubra

Status:

Critically Endangered

Size:

Head & body length 50 cm

Weight:

Up to 3.6kg

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 19 years

Habitat:

Primary Rainforest

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Fruit, seeds, leaves & nectar

Where Do I Live?

East Madagascar

Do I Have Any Predators?

Fossas, Humans, Birds of Prey

How Do I Live?

Diurnal & Arboreal

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