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black and white ruffed lemur

Scientific Name: Varecia variegata

Habitat: lowland to mid-altitude rainforests

Diet:  fruit, leaves, seeds, nectar

Life span: 19 years (32 years in captivity)

Young: 2-6 young

Size: 51-60 cm (20.08-23.62 in)

These tree dwellers are found in rainforests on the eastern coast of Madagascar.

Black and white ruffed lemurs are most active in the morning and late afternoon. They spend most of the day feeding and resting high up in the forest canopy.

Lemurs are very vocal and use facial expressions, body postures, grooming, play, aggression and scent marking as forms of communication. Black and white ruffed lemurs defend their territory with an extremely loud call.

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Black and white ruffed lemur on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Madagascar

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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