Ring-tailed Lemur
Lemur catta

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Range and habitat:
Ring-tailed lemurs are found in the southwest portion of Madagascar. They live in arid, open areas and forests.

Natural diet:
The main diet of ring-tails consists of leaves, flowers, and insects. They can also eat fruit, herbs, and small vertebrates.

Size / weight range:
Ring-tailed lemurs have long tails with black and white stripes, and their tails are longer than their entire body. Their total length can be between 38 and 43 inches, and they can weigh up to five pounds.

Interesting Facts:
• A lemur is a type of prosimian primate that is wild only on the island of Madagascar. Lemur in Latin means “ghost” and many of the Malagasy people believe lemurs are similar to spirits or ghosts because of their haunting stare and night activity
• Ring-tailed lemurs are endangered. The gallery forests of Madagascar that these lemurs prefer are rapidly being converted to farmland, overgrazed by livestock, and harvested for charcoal production. They are also hunted for food in certain areas of their range and are frequently kept as pets.
• Ring-tailed lemurs are found in social groups ranging in size from three to 25 individuals. The groups are composed of both males and females. Females remain in their birth group throughout their lives. Generally males change groups when they reach sexual maturity, at age three.
• Females are dominant in the group, which means they have preferential access to food and choice of whom to mate with.
• In addition to visual communication, olfactory (smell-oriented) communication is important for ring-tails. Ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists and chests that they use to mark their foraging routes. Males even have a horny spur on each wrist gland that they use to pierce tree branches before scent-marking them.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Primate Forest.
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