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Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Fact Sheet, 2009

ring-tailed lemur.

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TaxonomyPhysical Characteristics

Describer (Year): Linnaeus (1758)

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Suborder: Prosimiae

Family: Lemuridae

Genus: Lemur

Species: L. catta

Body Weight: 2.2 kg (4.9 lb)

Body Length: 385-455 mm (15-18 in)

Tail Length: 560-624 mm (22-25 in)

Pelage: Body gray and white; black and white
ringed tail; sexes similar, minor sexual dimorphism.

Distribution & StatusBehavior & Ecology

Range: Southern Madagascar

Habitat: Brush and deciduous forest

IUCN Status: Endangered; assessed in 2012

CITES Status:  Appendix 1

U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Endangered

Wild Population:  10,000-100,000

Locomotion: Quadrupedal and bipedal

Activity Cycle: Diurnal

Social Groups: 3-27; consists of females, offspring, and males.

Communication: Diverse vocal repertoire and scent-marking.

Diet: In the wild, 30+ plants eaten; primarily eat fruit and leaves. Kily tree parts are a staple. In captivity, commercial biscuits, fruits, vegetables, greens, and browse are offered.

Predators: Humans, birds of prey, snakes, cats, dogs, fossa.

Reproduction & DevelopmentSpecies Highlights

Sexual Maturity: Females c. 24 months

Gestation: 134-144 days

Litter Size: 1-3; triplets are rare

Neonate Weight: 50-80 g (1.8-2.8 oz)

Age at Weaning: 4-6 months

Feature Facts: Unusual primate characteristics are well-developed sense of smell, scent-marking behavior, numerous scent glands. Ring-tail lemurs are the most commonly exhibited lemur species. They are among the most studied lemur species.

Society Press: First exhibited at San Diego Zoo in 1938 and at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 1972.

 

About This Fact Sheet

© 2009 San Diego Zoo Global. Partial update in 2015.

How to cite: Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Fact Sheet, 2009. c2009-2015. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Global; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ringtailedlemur. 
(note: replace YYYY Mmm dd with date accessed, e.g., 2014 Sep 14)

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