Red ruffed lemur

Critically endangered

Mooki, Jacek, Agath and Cytrus are the four male red ruffed lemurs of the park.


Scientific name : Varecia variegata rubra

Where do they live?

Dans les forêts tropicales humides du centre de l'île de Madagascar.

Did you know?

Lemurs are an endemic species
Endemism refers to the natural presence of a biological group exclusively in a defined geographic location. This concept, used in biogeography, can apply to all kinds of living beings: animals, plants or other organisms. This is the case of the lemurs of Madagascar, who account for around 20% of the world's primates. In total, 103 species and sub-species of lemurs have been identified.

It has a thick, soft and relatively long reddish coat with a white spot on the head, a black face and a black tail.
The red ruffed lemur is a little larger than the black-and-white ruffed lemur. It measures approximately 113 cm (including the tail). The social organization of the red ruffed lemur changes depending on the season and availability of food. In the wet season, fruit is abundant are red ruffed lemurs live together in large groups. During the dry season, when food is rare, the groups disperse.

Height

60 cm.

Weight

4 to 6 kg.

Life expectancy

10 to 15 years.

Gestation period

110 days.

Litter

1 to 3 offspring per litter.

Keep up hope

An important animal for the island: natural heritage to protect!

We hope that the Malagasy people understand the essential role that lemurs play for everyone. Many researchers are raising the alarm in this country. If the primate were to go extinct, Madagascar would lose a part of its identity and heritage. Can you imagine Madagascar without lemurs? But rapidly increasing deforestation and illegal hunting for food continues to be a concern.