Red Ruffed Lemur

 

Area:  Madagascar

Habitat:  Tropical forests

Food:  Fruit, plants, flowers and vegetables

Size:  Weight is 8 to 12 pounds.

Babies:  Newborn babies ride on their mother’s

 

At Ease in the Trees

 

Red ruffed lemurs are one of two species of ruffed lemurs, separated from each other by the Antainambalana River in eastern Madagascar. Nearly identical to each other aside from coloration, red ruffed and black-and-white ruffed lemurs are named for the tufts of hair lining their ears and faces. Red ruffed lemurs have red coats with black faces, hands, feet, and tails. They often have patches of white on the back of the neck and the base of the tail. They have large, forward-facing eyes and fox-like muzzles. Ruffed lemurs are the largest of the lemur species, typically weighing 8-12 pounds. Their body length is approximately 20-22 inches, while their tails are around 24 inches long. 

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