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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


Did you know these fun facts about Ring-tailed Lemurs?

  • 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 fight" in which opponents rub their tails on the glands and wave the scented tail.

  • Their tails are longer than their bodies

  • Madagascar natives once believed that lemurs worshipped the sun because they can be seen sunbathing on a branch or log.

  • Females are in charge of their family troops


Conservation Threats

  • Ring-tailed lemurs live in dry forest habitats and shrublands. Habitat loss is considered a primary threat to their depleting numbers in the wild.

  • They are heavily hunted and trapped by the Malagasy people as a food source

These primates have ringed tails (Click on image to enlarge)


Distributional range

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