This critically endangered lemur is becoming more and more endangered, with its population decreasing every year.

Suitably named after their appearance, white-belted ruffed lemurs have a white band around their waist and white ruffs around their faces. They are also the third largest of lemur in the world.

These lemurs are crepuscular, which means they are normally only active in the early hours of the morning and the late evening. During this time, they are often found foraging for food which normally includes fruit, plants and nectar.

White-belted ruffed lemurs are very social animals and live in female dominated groups. They have a very distinctive call which sounds like a very deep barking sound and can be heard over very long distances.

These lemurs will usually give birth to twins, but are the only lemur species that doesn’t carry its young. They will instead carry their young in their mouths or choose to leave them in a safe spot while they forage for food

The white-belted ruffed lemur is one of the world’s most endangered primates. Due to habitat loss, these lemurs have faced an 80% reduction of their population in the last 21 years.

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Interesting facts

IUCN status: Critically endangered

Geographic: Madagascar

Habitat: Lowland rainforest

Size: 60cm (65cm including their tails)

Weight: 4kg

Threats: habitat loss through logging, unsustainable agriculture and mining on the island of Madagascar.

Scientific name: Varecia variegate subcincta