The largest of the true lemurs, the black-and-white ruffed ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata variegata) spends most of
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At the Cincinnati Zoo.

its time in the top of the trees, resting and foraging. Climbing around on all fours, the lemur sniffs out its favorite fruits.


  • Where to see them: Eastern Madagascar
  • Length: 1.7 to 1.8 ft
  • Weight: 7.3 to 9.9 lbs
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Tropical rainforest
  • Diet: Fruit, nectar, flowers, leaves, and fungi
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)
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