Black & White Ruffed Lemur

Black & white ruffed lemurs are endemic to the island of Madagascar. It has a small population that is spread out, living in lower population densities and reproductively isolated.

Black & white ruffed lemurs are frugivores (eating mostly fruit), but they also eat edible plants and flowers.

The black & white ruffed lemur is one of only two types of lemurs to build nests for their young. Gestation is three months. Females typically have two babies, although they can have up to six. The babies stay in the nest and if the mother needs to move them, she carries them in her mouth.

Black & White Ruffed Lemur @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to two Black & White Ruffed Lemurs, Silver & MariGold.
  • Silver’s Birthday: April 9, 2008
  • MariGold’s Birthday: April 9, 2009
  • Our Black & White Ruffed Lemurs can be found shortly after Tram Stop #2 on Monkey Row.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Synapsida
Order: Mammalia
Family: Primates
Genus: Varecia
Species: Varecia Variegata

Did you know?

  • The black & White ruffed lemur is critically endangered.
  • The species is endangered primarily because of habitat loss, as their forest habitats are clear-cut for logging and farming.
  • They are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day.