Ruffed Lemur

The ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) is a primate with thick fur that lives in the forest.  They usually give birth to twins and then leave the babies alone in the nest while they go looking for food.  This is an unusual behavior for lemurs.   Here you will find more information about keeping ruffed lemurs in captivity.

Black and White Ruffed Lemur
(Varecia variegata variegata)

Red Ruffed Lemur
(Varecia variegata rubra)


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Ruffed Lemur subspecies:

The black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata variegata)

The red ruffed lemur (varecia variegata rubra)

Let’s Learn More About Ring-tailed Lemurs with Rocky – Part 2

April 13, 2014 3:29 pm

By Donna Bandy

Let me start with; before deciding to get a ring-tailed lemur or any Primate for that matter, please check the laws in your state as well as the county you dwell in to be sure it is legal to have one where you live.

I NEVER leave my primates alone ever.  If I need to go somewhere without them, then my husband watches them and if something requires my husband and I to be there together, then we have a very close experienced friend that is family to us, babysit them for us.  We bring them to her and pick them up when we are done doing what we had to do.  And a baby, never leave them.  I have cancelled important appointments when we first got Rocky, because he was in no way at a point as to me being able to leave him with anyone and hasn’t been fully ready now either, but we have done it twice recently and the first time he did call for me at first and then settled down, but he did do a Panic Poop.


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Let’s Learn More About Ring-tailed Lemurs with Rocky – Part 1

April 11, 2014 9:51 pm

By Donna Bandy

We got our first ring-tailed lemur Rocky 11 1/2 mos. ago, but before getting him, I learned a lot from a couple friends that have them and did a lot of research on them and amp-ted up my research and notes the closer I got to getting Rocky. Everyone kept telling me to get a male and not a female because the females are the dominate of the troop with lemurs. I already knew I wanted a boy anyways, however if my mind had of been set on a female, then a female is what I would have gotten. From all my many years of working with and training domestic and exotic animals, I already knew not to listen to that reasoning, for me, because I already know how to deal with those types of behaviors with dominant males and females.


Posted in lemur, monkey story, stories


December 30, 2011 6:00 am

By Tracy Williams

The lemur species that I care for are Ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), Black lemurs (Eulemur macaco macaco), and Black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata).  We have discovered hemosiderosis in all of them, some much more affected than others. (Ringtailed lemurs don’t seem to have as much of a problem with this disease as other lemur species.)

I am not a veterinarian, but I will try to explain the disease to you as our zoo vets did to me.  Most captive lemur diets contain alot more iron than what a wild lemur would consume in it’s natural habitat.  The iron leaves their blood circulation and is stored in their organs (particularly the liver), where it stays permanently.  Here it can cause severe tissue damage, over time.  There is no way to get rid of the iron that is “stored” in their tissues once it is there.

Wild lemurs’ diets contain alot of tannin.  Tannin helps their bodies prevent the iron storage.  On the other hand, vitamin C promotes the iron storage.  more...

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The feeding of Primates

December 29, 2011 8:34 pm

By Ivan Crab

During recent years, the feeding of PRIMATES has undergone significant changes, as more has been discovered about their nutritional needs.   The pets market of today provide different “monkey pellets” , pelleted diets they are usually well balanced but they can not by given at the expense of a varied diet.

It is no coincidence that when breeding began in earnest during the 1950s, it was the OLD WORLD species which reproduced most successfully in collections. This is because MONKEYS such as the MACACA species were best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of little more than vegetables and fruits.

The needs of other species are more complex. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit. more...

Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, feeding, gibbon, lemur, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

How to diaper a monkey

July 18, 2005 7:21 am

By Sherry Freeman

When we first go into Sammy’s room, she stands with her back to me and holds onto the door to her cage while I take her belt and diaper off.


Posted in capuchin, gibbon, lemur, macaque, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys

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