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Scientific Name: Lemur catta

Habitat: arid open areas, tropical forests

Diet: mainly fruits, some leaves, insects

Life Span: 20-25 years

Young: 1-2 young

Size: 3.1–5.5 kg (7-12 lbs)

The remarkable rings on their tails are used like flags to keep the group together when travelling through the trees in the jungle. One female is in charge of groups of up to 30 lemurs. When males show off to the females, they release a bad smelling scent from their wrists. They rub this scent onto their tails and then fling it at the other males.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Ring-tailed lemur on Animal Diversity Web

Wildlife Conservation Society - Madagascar

Lambas for Lemurs

Ring-tailed lemur photo gallery


Range: Madagascar

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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