Mr.Suriya Saengpong, director of the Khao Kheow Open Zoo recently welcomed the new members of the zoo. Originating from rainforests on the eastern side of Madagascar, the Ruffed Lemur is recognised for its black and white striped body, weighing approximately 3.8kgs. It is the largest animal in the lemur family.
The Ruffed Lemur's scientific name is Varecia Variegata. Lemurs usually live in groups of 2-16. They are different from most other animals as the female is larger than the male and is more dominant, looking after 3-6 young lemurs.
As a baby, a ruffed lemur’s nose resembles the nose of a cat, but as it grows older the snout will grow to look more like a fox. A lemur can send sound signals heard within a 1 kilometre radius through the woods. A lemur has an average age of 15-20years in the wild and 25 years in a zoo. The gestation period is 102 days and it lives on fruit, leaves, flowers, seeds and nectar.