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Ring-tailed lemur[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification

Linnaeus, 1758
L. catta
Binomial name
Lemur catta
Linnaeus, 1758
Map of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, with a range covering most of the southwest portion of the island.
Distribution of Lemur catta

The Ring-tailed lemur is a primate from the group of lemurs (Lemuriformes). It lives in the dry regions of southwest Madagascar. It weighs between 2 to 3.5 kilograms (4.4 to 7.7 lb). It can live up to 20 years. [3] It is a mid-sized lemur. The striped tail makes it easy to recognize. Its behaviour is somewhat unusual for lemurs: it is active during the day, and spends much time on the ground. Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of 12 to 15 animals. Each group is led by a female. Ring-tailed lemurs eat both meat and plants, but they mainly eat fruit. They live only in Madagascar. The main threats to ring-tailed lemurs are destroying the places where it lives and hunting.


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  2. Andrainarivo, C., Andriaholinirina, V. N., Feistner, A., Felix, T., Ganzhorn, J., Garbutt, N., Golden, C., Konstant, B., Louis Jr., E., Meyers, D., Mittermeier, R. A., Perieras, A., Princee, F., Rabarivola, J. C., Rakotosamimanana, B., Rasamimanana, H., Ratsimbazafy, J., Raveloarinoro, G., Razafimanantsoa, A., Rumpler, Y., Schwitzer, C., Sussman, R., Thalmann, U., Wilmé, L. & Wright, P. (2008). Lemur catta. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 1 January 2009.
  3. Hannover Zoo: Ring-tailed lemur, viewed 2012-12-06