Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Ranomafana, Madagascar
Greeting us when arriving at the camp site in Ranomafana, where we would spend 2 nights. They often hang out at specific fruit trees directly inside camp, so they can be seen and heard often. They also regularly pick a fight with the red-fronted brown lemurs whom compete for the same fruit. Amidst other lemur species, in our experience they are usually dominant. Mostly by means of intimidation, they have an extremely loud call when upset. It's a bluffer.
This lemur species is very popular, it can be seen in many zoos and in Madagascar is a "standard" lemur in many semi-natural places (such as lemur island). This may give the impression that they are doing fine. In reality, they are a critically endangered species.
Here's the northern sub species showing their typical intimidation tactic:
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