This species has a restricted range, primarily inhabiting primary forests of the Masoala Peninsula and the region north of the Bay of Antongil in north-eastern Madagascar. The Antainambalana River separates this species from V. variegata. Historically, the two species overlapped in the region. This species is named after the thick red coat which it possesses especially the thick tufts on its ears. They live in variable multi-male / multi-female communities and they are very territorial.Active during the day it prefers high forest and is often observed in the crowns of large feeding trees. They are very arboreal and daytime active, they often like to hang upside down by their feet to feed.The extreme loud barking is to ward off other lemurs.