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Male Ring-tailed Lemurs have 'stink fights' where they cover their tail in their scent and waft it at their opponents.

Description: The Ring-tailed Lemur has a white face with a dark nose and eye patches. Its underbelly is whitish-grey and its upper fur is brown-grey to rosy-brown. The lemur’s tail is very distinctive with black and white rings all along its length, hence the name ‘ring-tailed’. Its tail is used for visual and scent communication.

Diet: Lemurs are herbivores and eat flowers, fruit, leaves, bark and sap.

In the wild: Ring-tailed Lemurs live in groups of 5–25 individuals with a core group of adult females. These females form a well-ordered hierarchy that dominates over males. Females remain in the group while males, once grown, move on to join other groups.

Threats: Habitat loss is a major threat to lemurs on the island of Madagascar. Lemurs are also caught and sold in the illegal pet trade.

Did you Know?

Ring-tailed Lemurs like to sunbathe. They sit in an upright position with their hands on their knees and face the sun.

Precinct
Primate Trail
Scientific Name
Lemur catta
Conservation Status
Endangered
Body Length
39–46 cm
Weight
2.5–3.5 kg
Class
Mammal
Gestation
134–138 days
Number of Young
1-2
Distribution
South and south-west Madagascar
Habitat
Dry brush and scrub, closed canopy forest
Region
Africa

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