Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Lemurs live in groups of up to 30 individuals. They are diurnal and arboreal. They spend their day foraging in the trees. Their call is quite noisy and can make them sound larger than they are, if one individual calls, others will join in. Ruffed lemurs are very acrobatic and can often be seen doing a somersaults or back flips in the exhibit.

Life Span: An average of 20 years

Fun Facts

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs:

  • are the only diurnal primate that makes a nest for newly born infants, which is used for about 2 weeks.
  • are one of the worlds largest pollinators and the only one who can break into the pods of the Travelers Palm tree, ensuring its survival.
  • were named for the long hairs that run from ears along the cheeks to beneath the chin.
  • were once believed, by Madagascar natives, to worship the sun because they often are seen sunbathing. 
Black and White Ruffed Lemur

How to Adopt

You may complete our online adoption form. Or you may also use the Adopt-an-Animal form (PDF) to join the program. Simply fill it out and return it to the Greenville Zoo. Please make checks payable to the Greenville Zoo.