Wild Is Beautiful! Meet Masoandro, a red ruffed lemur at the LCF Myakka City Lemur Reserve

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Masoandro, Mas, or maso as we affectionately call him at the LCF Myakka City lemur Reserve, is the most mischievous member of the red ruffed bachelor group.  He enjoys getting into things, and learned how  to open gate latches and turn door knobs in the lemur habitat domes when he has a chance!  We can see the wheels turning here too…

His name, Masoandro, means ‘sun’ in Malagasy. The literal translation is ‘eyes of the day.’ Maso means eye and andro means day.

The scientific name for red ruffed lemurs is varecia rubra. They live in  matriarchal social groups of between 2 and 16 individuals.  In Madagascar, red ruffed lemurs’ only habitat is the rainforests of the Masoala Peninsula. Click Here for  a link to the National Parks of Madagascar.

courtesy of wikipedia
courtesy of wikipedia

According to the IUCN Red List, the red ruffed lemur is critically endangered. It is endangered because  the species has a range of about 4,000 km², occurs only on the Masoalo Peninsula. It is protected only within the Masaola National Park and Makira Protected Area, and is currently at risk of ongoing habitat loss and hunting. Learn more about red ruffed lemur conservation status at IUCNREDLIST.ORG

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One thought on “Wild Is Beautiful! Meet Masoandro, a red ruffed lemur at the LCF Myakka City Lemur Reserve

  1. Pingback: Wild Is Beautiful! Meet Masoandro, a red ruffed lemur at the LCF Myakka City Lemur Reserve | Caowrites's Blog

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