Red-ruffed Lemur, Masoala, Madagascar
Our first meeting with a Red-ruffed Lemur in Masoala, which is the only wild place left on the planet where they occur. Experienced guides know how to find them based on the types of trees they like.
Photographing them is a challenge though due to the conditions: high canopy, lots of back light, overall dark and very dense forest.
The red ruffed lemur is one of two species in the genus ''Varecia'', the ruffed lemurs; the other is the black-and-white ruffed lemur. Like all lemurs, it is native to Madagascar and occurs only in the rainforests of Masoala, in the northeast of the island. It is one of the largest primates of Madagascar with a body length of 53 cm, a tail length of 60 cm and a weight of 3.3–3.6 kg. Its soft, thick fur is red and black in colour and sports a buff or cream colored spot at the nape, but a few.. more