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Ring-tailed lemur
Ring-Tailed Lemur.jpg
Scientific Classification
Binomial Name

Lemur catta

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Group of lemurs

Ring-tailed lemur is a species of lemur known by the scientific Lemur catta. The Ring-tailed is the most known lemur for its very noticeable black and white banded tail. It has a very social lifestyle and lives in groups called "troops" that contain from 6-30 other Ring-tailed lemurs. As well as other lemurs, the Ring-tailed is very dominant with its special odor. It will even engage into what is commonly called "stink fights" to try and show itself as the more dominant one. They have a small brain but yet they communicate with each other with very organized sounds. This can include various alarm calls and well as other types of vocalizations. There is known to have around two thousand Ring-tailed Lemurs to be imprisoned by zoos and as pets. They are an endangered species because of mans impact on their habitat.

Body Design

The Ring-tailed Lemurs distinctive tail

The Ring-tailed lemur is probably most known for its elongated tailed that has noticeable ringed bands of black and white surrounding it. This lemurs eyesight capabilities are so precise that it can see in the dark. It plays a impacting roll in the environment around it because of its incapability to digest the seeds from the seasonal fruits it consumes. So those seeds pass through its body and then regrows into the fruits it was once was before. They are mostly grey except the white underparts it has along with black patches on its body on locations including its eyes and skinny "muzzled" face. [1] Some of the family members can grip with their tails as they climb. That is not the case for this Lemur. The Ring-tailed Lemur relies on its hands and feet to move swiftly through the trees. The Ring-tailed is quite different from any other lemur. It is the only lemur to have powerful glands in they're hands to give of a strong scent to mark their territory and to show they're dominance to the environment around it and everything in it to notice its odor. [2]

Life Cycle

A young Ring-tailed Lemur on the back of its mother

When rain starts to become more prominent, the Ring-tailed lemurs usually births its young from the months between August and October. When the newborns are birthed, they attach to the mothers stomach for roughly two weeks to feast on the mothers milk and nutrients. The young are then promoted to be able to ride on the mothers back. It takes around two years till the young reach adulthood. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are live a long, fulfilling life. They're lifespan ranges to about twenty years. But the life lived of a Ring-tailed Lemur if it were put and taken care of in a zoo can be around thirty five years. [3]


Habitat range map of Ring-tailed lemur.

The Ring-tailed lemur ranges from South to Southwest Madagascar. The range of this lemur has been altered by man significantly because of mans desire for agriculture. The range and population also depends on how much over-covering forest area there is. The Southwestern part of Madagascar is very dry and has little to no rain fall. As you move from the west to the northern part of Madagascar, the amount of rainfall is more abundant, the forests are taller, and there is more vegetation. Thus, the population increases. The wild population of Ring-tailed lemur is unknown, but there is over 2000 Ring-tailed Lemurs imprisoned. The Ring-tailed Lemur mostly feasts on fruits but cannot digest the seeds. So when the seeds go through its body, it is implanted and then regrown. This lemur also feasts on tree bark and saplings. [4]

Ring-tailed Lemur Endangered

The Ring-tailed lemur is now a threatened species. This is true because man has been able to put them to one end of Madagascar from the results of them being hunted, killed for meat, and kept as pets. Over a long period of years, man has been populating Madagascar. There is only 20% of the original forest left now because man has used those forests for agricultural reasons. These actions from humans have greatly impacted the result of reproduction between the Ring-tailed Lemurs in such a way that they cannot keep up with how fast they are being killed off. The Endangered Species Biomes Projects is trying to make en effort to put this species of lemurs off of the "endangered list." Its affected by it having to fall back into deeper hiding. [5]


The Ring-tailed Lemur


  1. Author, Unknown. Ring-tailed Lemur Answers in Genesis. Web. September 29, 2008
  2. Author, Unknown. Ring-Tailed Lemur National Geographic. Web. Date of publication:Unknown
  3. Author, Unknown. Ring-tailed Lemur Bronx Zoo. Web. Date of publication: Unknown
  4. Lang,Kristina. [ › About the Primates › Primate Factsheets Ring-tailed Lemur Lemur catta] Web. Accessed 2015 January, 12
  5. Author, Unknown.Ring-Tailed Lemur Endangered Species Biomes Projects. Web. Date of publication: unknown