Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur at Wingham Wildlife Park

Can grow up to 3.7ft long, 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.

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

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.

They are preyed upon by 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.