Black-and-white ruffed lemur
At the Detroit Zoo
Female Fleur arrived in 2008 and, that year, gave birth to twins, male Aloke (“shadow” in Malagasy) and female Alina (“night” in Malagasy). In 2010, Fleur welcomed another daughter, Kintana (“star” in Malagasy). These critically endangered tree-dwelling primates can be seen outdoors as well as indoors in their habitat near the Japanese macaques.
The black-and-white ruffed lemur has long limbs and a long tail. Large patches of black and white color its coat. Thick tufted hair frames its face and bright yellow eyes.
Scientific name: Varecia variegata
Continent: Africa, only in Madagascar
Habitat: Forest and rainforest
Size: 23 inches long
Weight: 8 pounds
Diet: The black-and-white ruffed lemur is frugivorous, eating fruits, leaves, seeds and nectar.
Reproduction: Gestation 90 to 100 days; twins and sometimes triplets
Lifespan: 15-20 years in the wild; 25 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
Lemurs get their name from the ancient Roman belief that they were ghosts, an idea spawned from their loud deep calls and howls and stealthy movements.
Unlike other monkeys and apes that groom with their hands, lemurs have evolved a “tooth comb” used primarily in grooming which enhances social bonds..
Detroit Zoo black-and-white ruffed lemurs in the news
View the feature from the Daily Tribune here