Our resident lemurs are named Louis, Hedley and Burney. All three are the same age, 14.
Description Ring-tailed lemur backs are gray to rosy brown with gray limbs and dark gray heads and necks. They have white bellies. Their faces are white with dark triangular eye patches and a black nose. True to their name, ring-tailed lemurs’ tails are ringed with 13 alternating black and white bands.
Diet They eat leaves, flowers and insects. Lemurs can also eat fruit, herbs and small vertebrates.
Reproduction Mating is seasonal beginning in mid-April, with infants being born in August and September.
- Lifespan: Up to 20 to 25 years.
- Scientific Name: Lemur catta
- Conservation Status: Endangered
- Weight: Males– 6 pounds, Females are usually smaller
- Gestation: 4.5 months
- Number of Young: Generally give birth to one offspring, but twins can be frequent
- Habitat: In arid, open areas and forests
- Distribution: Southwestern Madagascar
Did You Know?
- A ring-tailed lemur mob will gather in open areas of the forest to sunbathe.
- They sit in what some call a “yoga position” with their bellies toward the sun and their arms and legs stretched out to the sides.