Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Ring-Tailed Lemurs

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.

Interesting Facts

  • 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.
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