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Black and white Ruffed Lemur

Scientific name:  Varecia variegata variegata
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Bosque tropical
Diet:  Herbívoro
Weight:  3,1 - 4,1 kg
Size:  hasta 120 cm

Meet the Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur!

It belongs to the order of the prosimians, that is, it is a primate that is not very evolved. It has nails on its toes, although it retains a claw on the second toe of the hind leg for grooming.
It has a very good sense of smell and very good night vision. They are named after the Lemures, ghosts or spirits from Roman mythology, due to the loud vocalizations they make, their bright eyes and the fact that most of them are nocturnal.

They are found only in Madagascar. They are known locally as hira or maky, and inhabit the river forests and thorny scrublands of the southern regions of the island. Unusually, the black-and-white ruffed lemur is diurnal; it is active exclusively during daylight hours.

What are its habits?

During the daytime they sleep in nests that they build in the forks of trees, thus protecting themselves from predators, among which is the eagle.
When it wants to communicate with the rest of the group it gives a series of growls that go "in crescendo" so that it makes itself heard in the dark at great distances.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


It is an omnivorous animal, its diet is based on leaves, fruits and other plant substances.

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