Ring-tailed Lemur

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Range
Madagascar

Habitat
They prefer gallery forests and euphorbia bush habitats

Distinguishing Characteristics
Ring-tails have white faces with triangular black markings around their eyes. They have a ringed pattern of black fur on their white tails, hence the name “ring-tailed”.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: spinach, grapes, sweet potato, primate browse biscuits, high fiber diet sticks

Diet in the Wild: plants, leaves, flowers, fruit, sap, and bark

Life Span
Can live more than 30 years in captivity. Generally live several years less in the wild.

Behavior/Adaptations
Lemurs are social animals that will live in groups of 12 to 24 individuals. The females are dominant over the males.
Lemurs will engage in “stink battles” where secretions from scent glands are rubbed on the tail and wafted at opposing animals.
Lemurs often sunbathe in the morning hours before feeding. They will sit upright with their front legs resting on their hind legs, exposing the stomach to the sun

Status
Threatened due to habitat loss (overgrazing by livestock & tree cutting).