The Basics • Common Name: Black and white Lemurs • Scientific Name: Vareciavariegatavariegata • Location: Madagascar
Biome • The black-and-white ruffed lemur dwells mainly in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar. They are separated from the red ruffed lemur population by the Antainambalana River. The ruffed (both red and black-and-white) lemurs are tree dwellers and are the most arboreal of the true lemurs
Interactions • Competition: they sometimes fight over territory • Predation: their predators are fossas • Herbivory: they eat plants and grass • Mutualism: they get along with red ruffed lemurs • Commensalism: red ruffed lemurs
Niche • The Ruffed lemur's diet consists mainly of sweet fruits. It is especially fond of bananas. Lemurs have also been known to eat insects, small birds, birds' eggs and, occasionally, small mammals. In the Zoo, the Ruffed lemurs are fed monkey chow, dog chow, wheat bread, lettuce and mixed fruit.