Ring tailed lemurLéamar Bandearrach
Madagascar – spiny desert, dry forest, scrubland
Habitat Madagascar – spiny desert, dry forest, scrubland
Diet Herbivore – leaves, flowers, sap, bark
Ring-tailed lemurs are increasingly under threat from habitat loss and hunting but they
breed well in zoos, which bodes well for their long-term survival. They use their tails for balance in the trees and group identification in long grass. Rival males also rub their tails on wrist and armpit scent glands and engage in injury-free ‘stink fights’ by waving their tails around!
Did you know?
Ring-tailed lemurs love to keep warm so they often sunbathe, exposing as much of their stomachs to the sun as possible.