* Threatened or Endangered

Red Ruffed Lemur *

 : Varecia variegata rubra

 : Mammal

 : Eastern rain forest regions of Madagascar

 : Fruits,leaves, nectar and seeds

 : About 10 pounds

 : Critically Endangered


• Threatened by deforestation, and hunting and trapping for food.

• Lemur means night-wandering ghost and comes from their ability to move around quietly at night “like a ghost.”

• Red ruffed lemurs have an elaborate system of loud alarm barks that alert group members to danger from predators. All group members join in.

• Red ruffed lemurs can’t manipulate their fingers well enough to use them for grooming, as most monkeys and apes do. To groom, they have a toothcomb which is made up of their bottom six teeth.