Red-bellied Lemur

Eulemur rubriventer

Habitat and Geographical Distribution: Rainforests in upland and mountainous areas, up to an altitude of 2400 m. Endemic to Madagascar’s eastern rainforests.

Diet: Fruit, leaves and flowers as well as invertebrates such as centipedes and millipedes. Feeds by day and night.

Reproduction: Young are born between September and October. Initially they are carried on the female’s belly, later carried piggyback by both parents, until 35 days of age after which the female refuses to carry the young but the males are more tolerant.

Conservation status: Protected Species and Vulnerable (CITES I; USDI).

Behaviour: Cathemeral, meaning it is quite active both by night and day. These lemurs, usually live as a couple with their young until they reach maturity.


Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Family: Lemuridae

Length: 95 cm (males) and 93 cm (females)

Lifespan: 10-20 years

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