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Black and white ruffed lemur Not particularly hard to find in Madagascar but a marvelous creature nevertheless. Black-and-white ruffed lemur,Geotagged,Madagascar,Spring,Varecia variegata Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Black and white ruffed lemur

Not particularly hard to find in Madagascar but a marvelous creature nevertheless.

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  1. Nice exposure! Found on lemur island? I got too touch them there, softest fur I've ever touched.
    Note that it has a northern cousin (sub species) that is a bit harder to find:

    Territorial Northern black-and-white ruffed lemur, Nosy Mangabe - front view, Madagascar We've been observing these peaceful, endangered lemurs on the island of Nosy Mangabe for 20 minutes or so. We had some photos, they were in a state of rest, so we were packing up to move on. Then, like the flip of a switch they go into absolute panic mode. Violent screams, trees shaking, truly aggressive behavior.<br />
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As it turns out, completely out of our sight they detected a rival group, and they were being very clear on where their territory begins. We were caught in the middle, lucky and fascinated. I'm sharing several shots just because it was an awe-inspiring moment for us.<br />
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On this photo you can see it firmly holding on to the tree branch with all limbs, in order to shake it as violently as possible. This is a game of display, not actual aggression.<br />
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Full series, in order:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/33538/territorial_northern_black-and-white_ruffed_lemur_nosy_mangabe_-_resting_madagascar.html<br />
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    Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago
    1. Aaah Ferdy - correct, I saw this one on Lemur Island. I know that you accept animals in zoos, but to me that doesn't seem quite right so I try hard to only include animals really photographed in the "wild". Yeah I know, lemur island isn't strictly speaking completely wild, but nevertheless, it is a wonderful experience to get close to lemurs (a little too close as one peed on my - the hotel staff tried to tell me that this is considered a sign of good luck - hmmm). Because we were there in the off season, no one had been there the day that we went, so even we though we were fairly late in the day - the lemurs mobbed us and it was really fun. They are such friendly, endearing creatures. Posted 5 years ago
      1. Lemur island is awesome, didn't mean to imply it is not. The closest I ever got lemurs and wonderful to be able to interact with them :) Posted 5 years ago
        1. I totally agree and would recommend that any visitor go there - I only said that because it isn't really "totally wild". But it is a way to interact very closely with lemurs (a little too closely in my case). Posted 5 years ago
  2. I spent a night deep in Ranomafana hoping for a glimpse of Black and Whites. Nothing, nada, didn't even hear their incredibly loud calls. Very disappointing. Amazing experience in the forest though! Posted 5 years ago
  3. Yes, as you can read, this one was on Lemur Island. The most amazing lemur encounter we had that was truly in the wild forest was a band of howling Indris in Andasibe. I had always heard that they howled like wolves and was hoping to hear it and much to my joy, we found a troop in the trees and they let us stand below them while they howled above us. It was so loud that it made my ears hurt - wonderful, wonderful stuff - in my top 10 wildlife experiences! Posted 5 years ago

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The black-and-white ruffed lemur is the more endangered of the two species of ruffed lemurs, both of which are endemic to the island of Madagascar. Despite having a larger range than the red ruffed lemur, it has a much smaller population that is spread out, living in lower population densities and reproductively isolated. It also has less coverage and protection in large national parks than the red ruffed lemur. Three subspecies of black-and-white ruffed lemur have been recognized since the red.. more

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Uploaded Mar 30, 2017. Captured Oct 5, 2011 18:50 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • EX-ZR100
  • f/4.9
  • 1/40s
  • ISO400
  • 13.48mm