Hi I’m Masina a Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur
The black-and-white ruffed lemur, named for the ruff-like fur surrounding its head, is a social animal that can live and forage in groups of up to 20. Within this group there are equal numbers of males and females, and it is quite common for them to pair up and form strong bonds. Males and females are very similar to each other in size and strength, however it is the female who is usually more aggressive and takes on the role of protecting the group’s territory.
Females have a short pregnancy and usually give birth to 2–6 tiny babies, each weighing only 100 grams. These babies are covered in fur and are born with their eyes open. Unlike other lemurs they cannot grasp, which means that the babies are unable to cling to their mother’s back. Instead, their mother will build a simple nest out of leaves, branches and fur for the babies to live in for 1–3 weeks. After then, she will carry them in her mouth and ‘park’ them in a tree while she searches nearby for food.
The Zoo is home to 6 black-and-white ruffed lemurs; Masina and Polo plus their 4 offspring; Maro, Telo, Andro and Alina.
The National Zoo and Aquarium is part of a regional breeding program for the species.
Ruffed Lemur Facts
|Life Span||15–28 years|