Ring-tailed lemur

Endangered

Noa, Orty, El Diablo, Tigi, Soa, Ventru, Tumaï and his little brother Zanaka are the 6 ring-tailed lemurs in the park!


Scientific name : Lemur catta

Where do they live?

In the in the shrubby savannas of the south of the island of Madagascar.

Did you know?

The groups are female-dominant, with 16 individuals on average, sometimes as many as 25. When the group walks together, the dominant female takes the lead accompanied by one or several dominant males.

They live in mountain rain forests with temperatures between -7°C and 48°C depending on the location. While lemurs generally live in trees, the ring-tailed lemur is an exception. They spend 65% of their time on the ground, sometimes walking upright. But they more often walk or gallop on all fours, with the front and hind legs working together. They hold their tail in a circle, visibly bending and extending their spine as they move forward. In the course of its daily wanderings, the ring-tailed lemur can cover a distance between 920 and 960 m, which is rather impressive for its size.

Height

40 cm.

Weight

3 to 4 kg.

Tail

14 black and white rings on its tail.

Life expectancy

Around 20 years.

Long jump

They can jump up to 10 m.

Gestation period

120 to 136 days.

Keep up hope

The IUCN keeps up the fight

Even if conservation actions deserve to be increased, ring-tailed lemurs benefit from protective measures in the four reserves that welcome the species on the island of Madagascar. The animals are constantly watched by guards. A programme was launched to raise awareness among the villagers of the importance of the forest and the role of the reserves in the development of education and tourism.
The ring-tailed lemur is without a doubt one of the least threatened lemur species. There are more than 100 species of lemurs in Madagascar. 46 of them are still little known. Did you know that the world's smallest primate is a lemur? The Berthe's mouse lemur weighs just 30 grams. Did you know that there is a lemur with turquoise eyes, the only case in non-human primates?