Ring-tailed lemur

Highly recognizable lemur due to its black and white ringed tail

David Dennis

Living in the southern part of Madagascar, As of 2018, it is assessed as Endangered, with a decrease in population due to habitat destruction and hunting for bushmeat and the exotic pet trade.

This is despite reproducing fast in captivity and being the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering more than 2,000 individuals. It belongs to Lemuridae and is the only member of the Lemur genus (one of five lemur genera). It is the most terrestrial lemur species, spending significant time on the ground. However, it is still considerably arboreal (tree habitat), spending most of its time in the mid/upper canopy.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No

Ring-tailed lemur on banknotes

Madagascar 5,000 Francs Banknote, (1995)