Ring tailed LemurLemur catta
Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Lemuridae
Weight: 5-7.5 lbs lbs
Lifespan (Wild): 16-19 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 30 years
Fruit, nuts and plants
Habitat & Range
Forests and rainforests of Madagascar
- 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”.
Like all lemur species, they are threatened by habitat loss and hunting.