All lemurs live on the island of Madagascar.
Ring-tailed lemurs live in the southern part of the island in open country and thin forests.
Ring-tailed lemurs can be up to 3.5 feet long, including their lengthy tails, which are longer than their bodies. Their bushy tail has black and white rings. They weigh from 5 - 8 pounds.
Unlike other lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur usually walks on the ground or sits on large limbs in open trees. Other lemurs prefer thick forests and travel through the trees. They are active during the day (diurnal).
Lemurs are vegetarians, eating leaves and fruit. They live in groups of 5 to 30 members with females ruling the group.
Predators are hawks, eagles and man.
Females have 1-2 young. They are pregnant for about 4 months (gestation).
They live up to 15 years in the wild. They are listed as a "vulnerable" species.
Species: Lemur catta
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