Dry brush and scrub, as well as closed canopy forest in Madagascar.
Fruit, leaves, flowers, bark and sap from over 30 plant species.
These medium-sized lemurs move on all fours and spend more time on the ground than other lemurs.
Either a single baby or twins are born each year, after a gestation period of four months. The young are independent of their mothers within a year and may start to breed at 15 months.
The dry, scrubby forest where they live is being destroyed by slash and burn agriculture, charcoal production and mining for gemstones such as sapphires and other minerals.
Ring-tailed lemurs are found in all five of the protected areas in their range, as well as two private reserves. Research is being carried out on their populations to discover more about their behaviour, ecology and movements. There is a large captive breeding programme for this species with over 1,000 being kept in zoos around the world.
- Latin Name: Lemur catta
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Lemuridae
- Conservation status: Endangered
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