One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lemur with a prominent muzzle and dense fur that forms a ruff around the neck, living in the Madagascan rainforest.
Varecia variegata, family Lemuridae
- ‘Other animals at Folly Farm that are included in the European endangered species breeding programme are the black and white ruffed lemurs, the red ruffed lemurs and the Arabian oryx.’
- ‘At the birthday party, as if to underline that this was a zoo, the speakers had to make themselves heard above the screeching of nearby black and white ruffed lemurs.’
- ‘Black and white ruffed lemurs are found in the wild only in Eastern Madagascar, and are becoming increasingly endangered due to the destruction of their rainforest habitat, poaching for meat and fur, and commercial exportation.’
- ‘Besides working on lorises, she has studied ruffed lemurs, flying squirrels, opossums, civets, and several species of bats.’
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