BPCZ Lowerres 09690

Ring-tailed Lemur


General Information

The long stripy tail of the ring-tailed lemurs is used for balance and as a way of communicating with each other. Males also use them in ‘stink fights’ when they rub their tails over the scent glands on their wrists, and then wave them threateningly at their opponent. Ring-tailed lemurs are omnivores, eating plants, fruit, insects, invertebrates and even small birds and lizards.

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Latin name - Lemur catta

Class - Mammals

Order - Primates

Family - Lemuridae

IUCN Status - Near Threatened (CITES Appendix 1)

Habitat - Dry forests

Distribution - South and South West Madagascar


Habitat destruction, hunting.


Up to 27 years in captivity.

Fun Fact

They have around 25 rings on their tails - 12 or 13 white and 13 or 14 black. Their tails are longer than their bodies.

Our Residents

Maurice, Minx, Barry, Bert, Ernie and Melman


BPCZ Lowerres 09094

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