Ring-tailed Lemur


Swooping and climbing through the forests of Madagascar are some of the world’s most unique primates. We are home to three species of lemur – black-and-white ruffed lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs, and red-fronted lemurs.

Expert tree climbers who pollinate the forest

Known for their nimble hands and feet, lemurs move through the forest quickly. Lemurs use their long tails for balance only, unlike some of their primate cousins who will hang from their tails. As pollinators, lemurs use their hands to access a flower’s nectar, and they move pollen around the forest when it sticks to their fur. Highly social creatures, lemurs are known for their vocal communication.


  • IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (at high risk of extinction in the wild) to Critically Endangered (at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild)
  • Type: Mammal
  • Habitat: Forests of Madagascar
  • Diet: Mostly herbivore – fruits, leaves, and flowers, with some species being omnivores who eat insects, bird eggs, and mice
  • Size: Head and bodies between 17.75 inches (ring-tailed lemur) and 22 inches (red-fronted and black-and-white ruffed lemurs)
  • Weight: Ranging between 4 to 8.5 pounds (red-fronted lemur) and 6.6 to 10 pounds (black-and-white ruffed lemur)
Red-fronted Lemur Black and White Ruffed Lemur Ring-tailed Lemur
Ring-tailed Lemur

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Fun Facts about Lemurs

Lemurs have olfactory glands used for communicating and marking territory.

A lemur’s tail is longer than its body.

Ring-tailed lemurs always have 13 alternating black and white rings on their tails.

Red-fronted lemurs have colouration that varies depending on their sex.

Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are the world’s largest pollinators.

Some lemur groups are led by females.



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