* Threatened or Endangered
Red Ruffed Lemur *
: Varecia variegata rubra
: 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.