Facts About Ring-tailed Lemurs

This map shows where ring-tailed lemurs come from.  The red dot shows that they come from the island of Madagascar, which is east of Africa.  

This diagram shows the description of a ring-tailed lemur.
Ring-tailed lemurs have large eyes, long snouts, and a long black and white tail.  The ring-tailed lemur's body is 16 inches long and their tails are 2 feet long.  It can weigh from 6-8 pounds.

Other names for ring-tailed lemurs:
French, lémur catta  
Malagasy, maki  
Spanish ,lemur colianillado 
Swedish, katta, kattlemur, or ringsvanslemur

Ring-tailed lemurs' big black and white bushy tail makes you recognize that its a ring-tailed lemur.

The ring-tailed lemur spends more time on the ground than any other lemur species.

Groups of ring-tailed lemurs are led by females.  Male ring-tailed lemurs fight for females by "stink fighting."  By rubbing scent on their tails and waving it toward the other male.  

Female ring-tailed lemurs have babies when they are at least 3 years old.  A newborn ring-tailed lemur baby weighs less than 3 oz.  The baby is held on the mother's chest for 1-2 weeks and then is held on her back.

These social animals live in groups with as many as 30 members, but with an average of 17 lemurs.

Their scent shows other groups of lemurs to get out of their territory.  

The diet of a ring tailed lemur is fruits, flowers, insects, leaves, bark, and tree gum.  

Although ring-tailed lemurs are able to climb, they spend about a third of their time searching for food on the ground.

The times that ring-tailed lemurs travel on the ground they keep their tails in the air to make sure everyone stays together in the group.

The alarm of a ring-tailed lemur calls to alert members of the group to danger.

The predators of the ring-tailed lemur are mammals related to the mongoose, Madagascar Harrier-hawks, Madagascar buzzards, Madagascar ground boas, civets, and domestic cats and dogs