Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur
Habits and lifestyle
These lemurs spend most of their day traveling, feeding and resting high in the forest canopy. As they are diurnal, their most active time is mornings and late afternoons.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs, when threatened, defend themselves and their territory (which they have marked with scent) with a near-deafening call.
Aside from vocalizations, they use facial expressions and body postures to communicate. Tactile communication, through grooming, aggression and play, is also important.
Diet and nutrition
Fun facts for kids
- When flowers are in bloom, Black-and-white ruffed lemurs eat their nectar. They stick their long snout into the flower and coat their nose with pollen.
- These lemurs use their bottom teeth, their "toothcomb", for social bonding through grooming.
- The Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are one of the larger living species of lemur. Once there were lemurs nearly as big as a female gorilla.
- Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are the only primates which have true litters of young.
- These lemurs love to sunbathe while lying on their backs, their arms outstretched.
- This species of lemur are the only primates to make a nest for their offspring.
- Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are considered to be the world's largest pollinator, dispersing pollen from the Traveller’s tree.
- “Lemur” in Latin means “ghost”. When people first heard their loud calls, they thought they came from ghosts in the forest.
- Lemurs communicate mainly through smell. They “scent-mark” by means of rubbing their bodies against branches to let other lemurs know they were there.
Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur Wikipedia articlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-and-white_ruffed_lemur
Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur on The IUCN Red List sitehttp://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22918/0