Black And White Ruffed Lemur

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Area:  Eastern Madagascar

Habitat:  Rainforests

Food:  Fruit, plants, flowers and vegetables

Size:  Length is 4 feet (top of head to tip of tail); weight is 8 to 10 pounds.

Babies:  Newborn babies ride on their mother’s

 

At Ease in the Trees

 

Black-and-white-ruffed lemurs are diurnal (most active during the day). Lemurs live in social groups made up of many males and many females, and the females are in charge. Groups vary in size from two to 16 members, and these members can frequently change groups. They live primarily in trees and are excellent climbers and jumpers. They have many vocalizations; some keep the group together, while others vocalizations keep other groups away. The black-and-white-ruffed lemur is one of only two types of lemurs to build nests for their young. Gestation is three months. Females typically have two babies, although they can have up to six. The babies stay in the nest and if the mother needs to move them, she carries them in her mouth. Black-and-white-ruffed lemurs can live up to 20 years.

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