Black-and-white ruffed lemur - hanging 2, Palmarium, Madagascar
The very "present" Black-and-white ruffed lemur. Both in a reserve and in a wild setting, this is the most assertive lemur we know. It does not easily flee or try to hide its presence, it does the complete opposite. In a mixed species situation like here at Palmarium, it was easy to see how it dominates other lemur species.
Not using any violence, just by assertive behavior. Frantically jumping around, and acrobatic displays like hanging upside down by the tail. Cherry on the cake is their outrage mode, where out of nowhere they engage in a hysteric shouting concert. This can easily be triggered by making a low grunting noise yourself.
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