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Ring-tailed Lemur

About the Ring-tailed Lemur

The ring-tailed lemur is the best known of all lemur species, notorious for its black and white striped tail. The tail is used as a flag as the lemurs walk, held aloft so others can see. Ring-tailed lemur are mostly grey, asides their white bellies and striped black and white tails. Their faces are white with dark triangular eye patches. 

They also have scent glands on their wrists and chests that they use to mark their foraging routes. These lemurs live in southwestern Madagascar in open areas and forests, in territories that range from 15 to 57 acres in size.

Did you know?

Mostly recognised for their long black and white ringed tail. The name Lemur comes from the Latin word for ‘spirit’ or ‘ghost’.