Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighbouring islands. Because of its geographic isolation, Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth. Lemurs may have floated there eons ago on “rafts” of vegetation and evolved in isolation over countless centuries.
Ring-tailed lemurs are unmistakable because of their long, vividly striped, black-and-white tail. They are familiar residents of many zoos.
Common Name: Ring-Tailed Lemur
Scientific Name: Lemur catta
Group Name: Troop
Average life span in the wild: Up to 18 years
Size: Head and body, 17.75 in; tail, 21.75 in
Weight: 5 to 7.5 lbs
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