Jun 11, 2012

Red Ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra)


Did you know?

That Red Ruffed Lemurs reproduce seasonally at the beginning of the wet season? This is because juveniles will be raised during a period after which there is a lot of food.

The adult Red Ruffed Lemur has a head to body length of about 55-60 cm with a tail that is equally long. Its body weight varies from 3.5 to 4.5 kg. The fur is thick, soft and rather long. There is much variation in the amount of coat. The color is usually black and white or red, black and white. But overall, the tail, hands, feet, shoulders, face and top of the head are black, while the back, hips, hind legs, and ears are red.

The Varecia rubia are social, living in groups of 2 to 16 animals. They reach sexual maturity at the age of two years. The females usually give birth to twins or triplets, sometimes up to six young at a time. Juveniles remain in the nest for several weeks. The young do not adhere to the mother. When the mother moves (changes the nesting site regularly), it carries its young in its mouth.

The maximum life expectancy of the Varecia rubia in the wild is 15-20 years. In the wild, the Red Ruffed Lemurs spend most of their time in the forest canopy. The clearing of mature trees in a forest in particular can lead to local extinction of the species.

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