Red ruffed lemur

Red ruffed lemur

Madagascar & Monkey Islands

The red ruffed lemur belongs to the lemur family. With its 3-3.5 kg, it is one of the largest members. All lemur species are very threatened today and are found exclusively on Madagascar.

Red ruffed lemur

The red ruffed lemur belongs to the lemur family. With its 3-3.5 kg, it is one of the largest members. All lemur species are very threatened today and are found exclusively on Madagascar.

Red ruffed lemurs live in family groups, which can count as many as 30 animals, when there is enough food in the area. In the dry season, the groups often split up and consist of small groups of just 2-5 individuals. The flock has a territory which they defend against other groups of red ruffed lemurs. It is the females who are dominating and defending the territory. They have developed a warning system with at least 12 different alarm sounds. These alarm calls are used to warn each other of dangers, including snakes, birds of prey, larger mammals and humans.

The females build their nests in a large tree in the middle of the herd's territory. When the babies are born, she will leave them in the nest while she is looking for food. Here, other flock members will defend the youngsters.

Red ruffed lemur

"...did you know that the female Red ruffed lemur carries her young in her mouth?"

Red ruffed lemur

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