Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur at Wingham Wildlife Park

Red Ruffed Lemur Natural History

Size
Can grow up to 3.7ft long (113 cm), Weight; 3.5-4kg

Habitat and Distribution
Like all lemurs, the red ruffed lemur is native only to Madagascar, and occurs only in the rainforest of Masoala in the northeast of the island.

Age
Lifespan in captivity is about 25 years, and in the wild 15-20 years.

Diet
Consists mainly of sweet fruits, leaves, nectar flowers and seeds.

Groups and Breeding
The groups size is typically between 2-16 individuals.

The red ruffed lemurs mate from May-July, with a gestation period of 90-102 days, having 2-6 young born in September-October.
The female will build a nest in the trees 10-20m off the floor, which is made of twigs, vines, fur and leaves, where the young will remain until they are 7 weeks old.

Threats

These Lemurs are classified by the IUCN as critically endangered, mostly due to loss of habitat, fragmentation and hunting. However, they also face a number of natural predators including boa constrictors, eagles and the fossa, because the red ruffed lemur is diurnal (active during the daytime), the nocturnal (active at night) Fossa poses the biggest threat.

Interesting facts
A group has been recorded of 32.

The Red Ruffed Lemur During Your Day Out in Kent

Our male and female pair of red ruffed lemurs can be seen outside the chimpanzee house, opposite the ring-tailed lemurs walk through enclosure. Here at the park they have a mixed diet of vegetables, fruit, monkey pellets, lots of browse and occasionally nuts, seeds and insects.