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White-belted ruffed lemurs

Varecia variegata subcincta


White-belted ruffed lemurs are originally from Madagascar and their numbers are significantly declining in the wild. Yet they thrive in captivity.

Ruffed lemurs are different from other lemurs as their babies don’t cling to the mother. Babies are either carried in their mother’s mouth or left in a safe nest in a nearby tree.

These lemurs can jump very silently. They prefer to come out in the morning and evening, rather than at night. They can also be very noisy and can send out very loud barking noises on a regular basis, or when alarmed.

Our pair produce quadruplets annually, which is rare in European zoos. In April 2017, three female lemurs were born. They were named Fitiavana (meaning love in Malagasy), Vintana (meaning luck in Malagasy) and Paix (meaning Peace in French, a language spoken in Madagascar).

Animal class

Mammal

Conservation status

White-belted lemurs are classified under Appendix I of CITES. The IUCN believes that they are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Habitat

Rainforest

Population

The current population of white-belted ruffed lemurs is 10,000 in the wild.

Diet

Omnivore. These lemurs like to eat mainly fruit but will also take leaves, seeds and nectar.