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.