IUCN Red List status:

Critically Endangered

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Red ruffed lemurs are only found in a small area in the north east of the island of Madagascar.

They are covered in a long woolly fur which keeps them warm in their wet and sometimes chilly rainforest habitat and are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in the trees! They have six teeth close together which make a toothcomb used for grooming each other’s fur.

Male red ruffed lemurs have scent glands which they use to mark their territories, as many other lemur species do. However, this species also use their scent glands to mark females when they are competing to mate!

This amazing lemur is a extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild due to huge amounts of habitat loss on the island of Madagascar. We’re working in the field to help save red ruffed lemurs through working with local project partners.

Find out more about how we’re PREVENTING EXTINCTION of lemurs in Madagascar


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