Lemur catta

Distribution

Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. Because of its geographic isolation, Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth. You will find lemurs in many terrains including Rainforests, riverside forests, dry scrub and open savannas.

Size

Their body measures approximately 45cm in length, not including the tail. The tail can measure longer than the body, reaching up to 60cm in length. They weigh between 2.3 - 3.5kgs.

Food

Out in the wild Ring-tailed Lemurs forage for fruit, which makes up the greater part of their diet, but also eat leaves, flowers, tree bark, and sap.

Description

Ring-tailed lemurs are unmistakable because of their long, vividly striped, black-and-white tail.

Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups known as troops. These groups may include 6 to 30 animals, but average about 17. Both sexes live in troops, but a dominant female presides over all.

Ring-tailed lemurs have powerful scent glands and use their unique odor as a communication tool and even as a kind of weapon. Lemurs mark their territory by scent, serving notice of their presence to all who can smell. During mating season, male lemurs battle for dominance by trying to out stink each other. They cover their long tails with smelly secretions and wave them in the air to determine which animal is more powerful.

Voice

Ring-tailed Lemurs talk to each other using many different methods. Besides the common vocal ways many animals communicate with each other, lemurs also rely on facial movement as well as scent they produce from their wrists and chests.

Movement

Lemurs use their hands and feet to move nimbly through the trees, but cannot grip with their tails as some of their primate cousins do. Ring-tailed lemurs also spend a lot of time on the ground – around 40% of their time! Which is unusual among lemur species – there’s over 100 recognized species and subspecies!