The red ruffed lemur is one of two species that exist in the family called Varecia, the other species is the ring-tailed lemur. Today I had the chance to hand feed these guys and what an experience it was. One of them even grabbed hold my hand while I feed it a grape. All lemurs are native to Madagascar, as you might have guessed they have reddish/dark orange fur. Along with this, they will have black feet, hands and face. They will have a very long tail black in colour but this will help them keep balance.
As mentioned earlier they are from Madagascar, in the tropical rainforests. They will climb from tree to tree they are very good jumpers and can jump over 3 meters in a single jump. This is perfect in the tree tops, nothing is too far for them to get to. They can be found very high in the tree tops in fact 3,300 feet high. In the wild and captivity, they like to groom each other and take pride in keeping themselves and the nest. In the wild, they will go around in groups of about 2 – 16 lemurs. The groups are actually female dominated so they will make the decisions in the group. They are very social and one of the special things about this lemur is their teeth. They have special adapted teeth also known as tooth comb, this is made up of the front and bottom teeth. They are thin and very close together perfect for a groom.
In the wild, they will jump from tree to tree in the search for food. Not just any food, they will seek out fruits up in the trees. When the lemur can’t get any fruit it will go for nuts, plant material and nectar. The red ruffed lemur is classed as venerable on the threat of extinction chart. They only have a few predators in the wild mainly been humans for the fur but raptors and fossa (large weasel-like creatures).
Red ruffed lemurs will give birth to around 2- 6 youngsters. The babies will be born after 100 days inside the mother’s womb. Unfortunately, 65% of lemurs won’t survive the first 3 months either due to falling from a height or being eaten. The mother will have constructed a nest made from loads of sticks and wood, the babies will stay there for the first couple of weeks.
An Interesting Fact You Didn’t Know Before Reading This!!!!
Red Ruffed Lemurs will have scent glands on their bottom to identify each other.