Red ruffed lemur

The red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) is a species of lemur endemic to the island of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa. Here’s a description of its distribution within the country:

  1. Madagascar: Red ruffed lemurs are found in the northeastern rainforests of Madagascar, particularly in the Masoala Peninsula and surrounding areas. They inhabit lowland and montane rainforests, as well as secondary forests and degraded habitats. Red ruffed lemurs are primarily arboreal, spending most of their time in the forest canopy, where they forage for fruits, leaves, flowers, and other plant materials.

Red ruffed lemurs are characterized by their vibrant red fur, which contrasts with their black face and limbs. They are social animals, living in groups known as troops, which typically consist of a dominant breeding pair and their offspring. Despite their colorful appearance and social structure, red ruffed lemurs are considered critically endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting and illegal pet trade. Conservation efforts are underway to protect remaining populations and their habitats, including the establishment of protected areas and community-based conservation initiatives.

Red ruffed lemur in Zoos

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