What section of the rainforest does the ring -tailed lemur live in?

Ring-tailed lemur

Lemur catta

Ring-tailed lemurs are the most easily recognisable species of lemur as they are the only species to have a ringed tail and are commonly found in zoos and they sleep on trees in the rainforest



Life span

27 years.


Head and body length: 42cm, Tail length: 60cm, Weight: Female: 2.6kg, Male: 2.7kg.

Physical description

Ring-tailed lemurs have a grey back, with white under-parts and a white fox-like face with dark brown eye patches. They have a distinctive black and white ringed tail.


They inhabit Madagascar.


Ring-tailed lemurs live in spiny desert and dry forest, and scrub.


Although fruit makes up 70 per cent of their diet, they also feed on leaves, bark, sap and flowers.


Ring-tailed lemurs are diurnal and arboreal. They are more terrestrial than other lemurs and move quadrupedally across the forest floor. When it is sunny, they spend time sunbathing. Females are dominant to males, and the dominance hierarchies between females are complicated and changeable. Group size varies from 5-30, but averages at 17 members of mixed sex, but with one dominant female.


Females give birth to one infant after a gestation period of 134-138 days. The mother carries the infant ventrally for its first weeks and then carries it on her back.

Conservation status

Ring-tailed lemurs are endangered, due to the growth of human settlements and by hunting.