Ring-tailed lemur face

Ring-tailed lemur

Quiet zone

Type

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!

quiz

unique features

Sleepy ring-tailed lemur lounging in the sun
Lemur grooming another's ear

Stay close

Ring-tailed lemurs like to huddle up together to groom each other. It is part of their social interaction.

Huddled together group of lemurs

Mom knows best

Lemurs live in highly social, female-dominant groups.

Lemur mother and young baby on her back

Little climbers

Lemur infants begin to climb among the tree branches when they are about 3 weeks old.