The White-Belted Ruffed Lemur (Varecia veriegata subcincta) is an arboreal (tree-living) primate mammal in the Lemuridae family of lemurs. It is a sub-species of the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur. It is also known as the Northern Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur.
The White-Belted Ruffed Lemur has fluffy black and white fur. Its stomach, tail, hands and feet, forehead, face, and crown are black. It is white on the sides, back, and back legs. It has a distinct white belt around the middle of its body. It has a black nose, small ears, and bright orange eyes. Its tail is long, black, and bushy.
It grows to 50-55 centimetres (20-22 inches) in length. It is smaller than the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur.
It is native to the island of Madagascar. It prefers to live in tropical rain forests. It is diurnal, active during the day. In the trees, and on the ground, it uses quadruped locomotion – moving on four appendages (arms and legs).
The White-Belted Ruffed Lemur is mainly frugivorous, eating fruit, but it also eats seeds, nectar, and leaves.
The female is pregnant for about 90 days before giving birth to two live young. When the young are born, they cling to their mother. Both males and females will guard the young.
Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM