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Ring tailed Lemur

Lemur catta

Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Lemuridae

Size

Weight: 5-7.5 lbs lbs

Lifespan

Lifespan (Wild): 16-19 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 30 years

Diet

Fruit, nuts and plants

Habitat & Range

Forests and rainforests of Madagascar

Interesting Facts

  • Ring-tailed lemurs are easily recognized by their long black and white ringed tail.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs live in social groups known as troops. A troop includes 6 to 30 members and is led by a dominant female.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs love to bathe in the sun and are sometimes called “sun worshipers” as they will sit upright with eyes closed and their hands and palms up.
  • Male ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists. They will rub the scent onto the tip of their tail and flick it at an opponent who will respond with their own display or flee. This is known as a “stink fight”.

Conservation Status

Endangered

Threats

Like all lemur species, they are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.