Wildlife in Serengeti-Park
Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur | Varecia variegata
These conspicuous monkeys from the group of lemurs are at home in the rainforest of Madagascar. They are considered critically endangered due to hunting and are subject to the strictest protective regulations. Black-and white-ruffed lemurs, also known as Varis, love to take long sunbaths in the early morning hours. The natives have observed this behavior and therefore believed that they worship the sun and thus they were declared sacred animals by them.
Although the Varis with their black and white coloring look very noticeable, it is a perfect camouflage in the tangle of leaves. In addition, the coat is very dense and thus protects against rain in heavy downpours. Striking are also the loud calls of the Varis, which end with chuckling tones. The female builds a nest before birth. It plucks hair from the fur to use as a cushion between leaves and branches. They can birth up to four babies, and the babies can leave the nest after a month.