The black and white ruffed lemur is the more endangered species of the ruffed lemurs and takes its name from the black and white markings and the ruff or fringe of long white fur that can be found around their ears. The species is now classed as critically endangered.
You can adopt a lemur for a one-off payment of only £19.99 and you will receive a wonderful lemur adoption box containing these items.
Lemur adoption box details
When you adopt a lemur you will be helping the Aspinall Foundation to protect this critically endangered species and their habitats. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A gorgeous cuddly soft toy of your lemur
- A personalised adoption certificate
- A world map
- A fun fact sheet
- A car sticker
- Free entry ticket to Howletts or Port Lympne animal park
Threats and challenges to the lemur species
Black and white ruffed lemurs are native to the forests of Madagascar, but approximately 90% of their natural habitat has been destroyed due to logging, human habitation and agriculture. The lemur has a largely fruit based diet but the wood from the larger fruit trees in Madagascar is considered to be a desirable hardwood so there is a high degree of logging within the habitat of the lemur. Tragically, these trees which are being chopped down are essential for the survival of the lemur.
Lemur infant mortality is very high among black and white ruffed lemurs in the wild with approximately 65% of offspring failing to reach the age of 3 months through accidental falls.
Although lemurs are critically endangered in the wild, they tend to thrive in captivity. This makes the species an excellent candidate for programs of re-introduction into the wild.
You will be adopting Ron the black and white ruffed lemur. He is 18 years old and considered to be one of the elder lemurs at the Howletts animal park in the UK. He is domiciled with his mate “Athena” and is slightly cross-eyed!
Ron was born one of triplets and originated from Cologne, Germany. He is the father to 9 offspring, 3 of whom still live at Howletts.
The name “lemur” is derived from the Latin word lemures, which literally means “spirits of the night” or “haunter”. The name is likely derived due to their large, reflective eyes and the wailing cries of some species of lemur.
Their diet consists of a variety of different fruits, leaves and flowers (sometimes nectar) in addition to insects, spiders and small vertebrates (although the ruffed lemur is vegetarian).
If you adopt a lemur today you will be giving the lemur species a chance of survival for the future. Just £19.99 will help to protect, feed, and keep healthy and enriched through play, the lemurs which are in care via The Aspinall Foundation around the world.
Where will my lemur adoption donation money go?
The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in the UK to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years, unless we work together to protect them now.
Animal adoptions make wonderful ethical gifts so why not treat a friend or family member to one of the fantastic lemur adoption boxes and be safe in the knowledge that you have contributed towards helping the lemur species to survive.