Ring Tailed Lemur

About Ring Tailed Lemur

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.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Ring-Tailed Lemur

Scientific Name: Lemur catta

Type: Mammals

Diet: Herbivores

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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