We are home to a family group of black and white ruffed lemurs. Arriving in December 2020, the group consists of mum, Yhoda, dad, Bary and their offspring. Older brother Asotry was born in 2018, while male triplets – Mavo, Maitso and Manga – were born here at Newquay in April 2022. You can spot them on the Island opposite Café Lemur.
Black and white ruffed lemurs live in eastern Madagascar, in primary and secondary lowland, as well as mid-altitude rainforest. They are tree dwellers and are the most arboreal of the true lemurs.
These lemurs are frugivorous, meaning they mainly eat fruit in the wild, although nectar, flowers, leaves and seeds are eaten as well.
The black and white ruffed lemur is under threat by habitat loss as a result of logging, mining, agriculture, and other development. Being hunted for meat is also a threat to this rare primate, as unfortunately its daylight activity pattern and large size make it an easy target. It is one of the most heavily hunted lemur species in the country.