Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Lemur catta

See them at the Zoo

Quick Facts
Height:
Body Length:
Weight:
17"

Tail Length: 24"
5 to 7.5 lbs
Wild diet: Fruit, leaves, flowers, herbs and other plant parts: 70% fruit, 25% leaves, 5% bark, sap, and herbs; occasionally insects and small vertebrate prey
Zoo Diet: Marion leafeater, monkey biscuits, Mazuri primate browse biscuit, sweet potatoes, carrots, and frugi fruit mix
Distribution:

Madagascar

Habitat: Western Madagascar: wet forest; southern Madagascar: dry forest .

Ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists and chests that they use to mark their foraging routes. Males have a horny spur on each wrist gland that they use to pierce tree branches before scent marking them. They forage mostly for fruit but also eat leaves, nuts, and herbs. 
At the Zoo

There are four ring-tailed lemurs at Brookfield Zoo:
Dafodill is a female born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on April 27, 1993. She arrived at the Brookfield Zoo on March 14, 2001.
Marigold is a female born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on April 21, 1992. She arrived at teh Brookfield Zoo on March 14, 2001.
Lily is a female born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on April 16, 1994. She arrived at the Brookfield Zoo on March 14, 2001.
Chloe is a female born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on April 27, 1993. She arrived at the Brookfield Zoo on March 14, 2001.

Description

Ring-tailed lemurs are about the size of a house cat. Their back is gray to rosy brown, their limbs and haunches are gray, and their head and neck are dark gray. Their underside is white, and their face is white with dark triangular eye patches and a black nose. The tail is ringed with 13 alternating black and white bands, giving this lemur its common name.

Status in the Wild

The gallery forests that ring-tailed lemurs prefer are rapidly disappearing as the land is converted to farmland, overgrazed by livestock, and trees are harvested for charcoal production. Ring-tailed lemurs are also hunted for food in certain areas of their range.

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