Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Dominika Aniola

Wroclaw, Poland

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Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland
Specie: Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

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. Together with the Red Ruffed Lemur, they are the largest extant members of the family Lemuridae, ranging in length 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). They are arboreal, spending most of their time in the high canopy of the seasonal rainforests on the eastern side of the island.

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. The black-and-white ruffed lemur has a complex social structure and is known for its loud, raucous calls.

Parenting in this species of lemurs is unique in that no single infant is invested in but instead, females bear litters of multiple offspring. Males also play a role in the parenting of the offspring especially in smaller groups where the certainty of paternity is high. In larger groups, the chance of a female mating with more than one male increases as does uncertainty in paternity. This tends to decrease the level of male care of offspring.

Date taken: 04.05.2014
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/400s * F/4 * 200mm * ISO640

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