Contrasting coat colours make the red ruffed lemur one of the most beautiful lemurs. Rarely descending from the canopy of Madagascar's tropical rainforests, the females leave their litters in tree top nests or stashing locations where they're looked after by other members of the community. Sadly, the young are prone to falling out of these nests. Big groups of red ruffed lemurs come together in the wet season when fruit is plentiful, then break up as the season dries and food becomes scarce. They are large for lemurs and very vocal, barking in guttural yaps when their only natural predator, the fossa, comes too close.
Scientific name: Varecia rubra
The Red ruffed lemur can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Red ruffed lemur distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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