Black-and-white ruffed lemur - camp site, Ranomafana, Madagascar
Back at the camp site, mid day entertainment was provided by lemur tree wars. Some popular fruit trees were situated directly inside the camp, leading to a turf war between Black-and-white ruffed lemurs and Brown lemurs.
It's a non-scientific observation, but we've seen this species many times, in situations natural and semi-wild. When mixed with other lemur species, the Black-and-white ruffed lemur seems to always be dominant. At the very least it is the loudest.
Have a look at that wonderful tail! The tail can support the full weight of the animal, we've seen it hang upside down.
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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