Ring-tailed lemur face

Ring-tailed lemur

Quiet zone

Type

Image of a giant panda

Mammals

Area

Map highlighting Madagascar

Madagascar

Endangered Status

Endangered

facts

size
1 foot-plus
length, from head to rump
An average soccer ball is 8.65 inches tall.
Lemur compared tot he size of a 8.65 in high soccer ball
food
fruit
and more
Omnivore
Fruit, seeds, and meat

Leaves, flowers, spiders, insects, and small birds help make up the ring-tailed lemur's diet.

habitat
forests,
rain forests
rainforest habitat leaves

description

Ring-tailed lemur in tree

Shhhh!

Ring-tailed lemurs are practically noiseless as they move through the forest in Madagascar, and their reflective eyes can make them look a little spooky. Even their calls sound a little ghostly.

Ring-tailed lemur climbing a tree trunk

Amazing acrobats

Lemurs are amazing jumpers and climbers. These amusing primates use their long tails to help them keep their balance. The black-and-white rings on their tail make it easier for other lemurs to see them in the forest.

Ring-tailed lemur rubbing scent on tail

What's that smell?

Lemurs have a scent gland on their tail that leaves a smelly mark where they have been. Males even get into "stink fights" to claim territory!