Ring-Tailed Lemur

Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                             Ring-tailed lemur backs are gray to rosy brown with gray limbs and dark gray heads and necks. They have white bellies. Their faces are white with dark triangular eye patches and a black nose. True to their name, ring-tailed lemurs’ tails are ringed with 13 alternating black and white bands.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                         They eat leaves, flowers and insects. Lemurs can also eat fruit, herbs and small vertebrates.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                          Mating is seasonal beginning in mid-April, with infants being born in August and September.

Fun Facts 

  • Lifespan: Up to 20 to 25 years.
  • Scientific Name: Lemur catta
  • Conservation Status: Endangered
  • Weight: Males– 6 pounds, Females are usually smaller
  • Gestation: 4.5 months
  • Number of Young: Generally give birth to one offspring, but twins can be frequent
  • Habitat: In arid, open areas and forests
  • Distribution: Southwestern Madagascar

Did You Know?

  • A ring-tailed lemur mob will gather in open areas of the forest to sunbathe. 
  • They sit in what some call a “yoga position” with their bellies toward the sun and their arms and legs stretched out to the sides.