Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Lemur catta


Quick Facts
Body Length:

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


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

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

Listed as "endangered" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

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