Black & White Ruffed Lemur by caradione

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The Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata) is the more endangered of the two species of ruffed lemurs, both of which are endemic to the island of Madagascar. Despite having a larger range than the Red Ruffed Lemur, it has a much smaller population that is spread out, living in lower population densities and reproductively isolated. It also has less coverage and protection in large national parks than the Red Ruffed Lemur. Three subspecies of Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur have been recognized since the Red Ruffed Lemur was elevated to species status in 2001.
Together with the Red Ruffed Lemur, they are the largest extant lemurs, ranging in size from 100 to 120 cm (3.3 to 3.9 ft) and weighing between 3.1 and 4.1 kg (6.8 and 9.0 lb).5 They are arboreal, spending most of their time in the high canopy of the seasonal rainforests on the eastern side of the island. They are also diurnal, active exclusively in daylight hours. Quadrupedal locomotion is preferred in the trees and on the ground, and suspensory behavior is seen during feeding. As the most frugivorous of lemurs, the diet consists mainly of fruit, although nectar and flowers are also favored, followed by leaves and some seeds.

Interesting Facts

The Black and White Ruffed Lemur has the second loudest call of any primate, second only to the Howler Monkey.

image taken at melbourne zoo

canon 5D 70-200mm L f4


  • donnamalone
    donnamaloneover 5 years ago

    great shots..this is a lemur i think from madagascar

  • thankyou donna and yes this is most deffinitely a lemur i am at some stage going to upload some info on them but i can often get a little lazy in the facts department…. they are just loevly arent they

    – caradione

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 5 years ago

    A beautiful close up, really lovely

  • so sweet of you to say josie thankyou… btw really like your work i have never been to tassie but always wanted to, so its so nice to get to see some of it…

    – caradione

  • silvercircles
    silvercirclesover 5 years ago

    Wow! Love this portrait! Those amber eyes really show up next to that pure white and black fur!

  • thankyou he really is a beauty isnt he…i really love these animals…. glad you like the image… thanks for stopping by

    – caradione

  • micklyn
    micklynover 5 years ago

    Love this!!

  • so glad thanks for stopping by…

    – caradione

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansover 5 years ago

    stunning, the focus and detail is great

  • thankyou lee-anne glad you like it..

    – caradione

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinalmost 5 years ago

    Very unique animal, Excellet photograph.

  • Walter i am not sure how long ago you left this comment but thankyou for it all the same i am so pleased you liked it. xo

    – caradione

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stonealmost 4 years ago

    Super capture Carra

  • so glad you like this peter xo

    – caradione

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