Range and Habitat: Deciduous and spiny forests of Madagascar
Diet: Fruits, tree bark, sap, leaves and flowers
Life Span: Up to 18 years in the wild
Status in the Wild: Endangered
Threats to Survival: Like many other primate species, the greatest threat to ring-tailed lemurs is habitat destruction.
- Lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar off of the east coast of Africa. They are not found in the wild anywhere else in the world.
- Lemurs are prosimians, which means pre-monkey. They rely more on their sense of smell than on eyesight and have smaller brains than monkeys and apes.
- Lemurs move easily through the trees using their hands and feet. Unlike some primates, they aren’t able to use their tails to grasps trees. Ring-tailed lemurs spend more time on the ground than other lemur species.
- Lemurs live in groups of 6 to 30 individuals. These groups, or troops, consist of males and females with the females being dominant over the males.
- The front teeth of lemurs resemble a small comb. They use these teeth to groom.
- Lemurs make a noise that sounds like a cat’s purr.