Ring-Tailed Lemur: Lemur Catta
Distribution and Habitat
Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. It inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. The ring-tailed lemur inhabits southern Madagascar.
Endemic to southern and southwestern Madagascar, the Ring-tailed Lemur ranges further into highland areas than other lemurs. It inhabits deciduous forests, dry scrub, montane humid forests, and gallery forests (forests along riverbanks). It strongly favors gallery forests; The lemur is a forest dweller that can sometimes be found in thinly wooded territory.
The ring-tailed lemur has a fox-like face and long arms and legs. They have gray body fur and a long, black and white striped bushy tail. The tail is longer than the body and is held aloft as a signal to other lemurs. The lemur has leather like palms and opposable thumbs as well as grooming claws on its hind feet. The eyes are large, forward-facing, with a brilliant yellow iris.
The eyes of a newborn ring-tailed lemur are blue, not the brilliant yellow of adults.
The Ring-tailed Lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals.
It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs.