White-Belted Ruffed Lemur
These lemurs are only found in Madagascar and prefer lowland rainforest.
These lemurs are frugivorous, meaning they mainly eat fruit in the wild, although nectar, flowers, leaves and seeds are eaten as well.
White-belted ruffed lemurs are one of the largest lemur species. They live in the canopy of the forest in small family groups and rarely ever come down to the forest floor where there are lemur predators, most notably the fossa. If a lemur spots a predator, it makes a loud alarm call to alert the other members of its group, working together to protect each other.
A lemur mother will have two or three babies at once. They are the only type of lemur where the mothers will leave their young offspring in the nest while they forage for food. When a baby is three weeks old, it starts to follow its mother around, and it can keep up with her when it is only seven weeks old.
Like all species in Madagascar these lemurs are at risk from habitat destruction. Natural predators include the fossa and the ring-tailed mongoose.
It is suspected to have sadly undergone a population decline of 80% over a period of 21 years. This is primarily due to continuing decline in extent and quality of habitat from deforestation and commercial agriculture, logging and mining and hunting.
- Latin Name: Varecia variegata subcinta
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Lemuridae
- Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
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