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Ring-tailed Lemur
Lemur catta

  • Habitat: Brush and scrub forests
  • Range: South and south-western Madagascar
  • Natural Diet: Fruit, flowers, nectar, leaves, and buds
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED

 

Fun facts

  • Ring-tailed lemurs are only found on the island of Madagascar
  • They are the only species of lemur to have scent glands on their wrists. The glands are used to mark their territory and in "stink fights" in which opponents rub their tails on the glands and wave the scented tail.
  • Ring tailed lemurs as their name indicates, have ringed tails longer than their bodies
  • Madagascar natives once believed that these lemurs worshipped the sun because they can be seen sunbathing on a branch or log with their arms wide apart.
  • Females are in charge of their family troops

 

Conservation Threats

The Major threats are:

  • Habitat loss as a negative influence on the depleting numbers in the wild.
  • They are heavily hunted and trapped by the Malagasy people as a food source

 

 

Ring-tailed Lemur These primates have ringed tails
longer than their bodies

 

Animal keepers administer enrichment such as popiscles to ring-tailed lemurs to motivate athem to display species-specific behavior

 

Map Distributional range

Ring-tailed lemurs are only found in Madagascar, the little island on the map above in black to the right of Africa.