What kind of animal is a ring-tailed lemur? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a ring-tailed lemur? We will explain their characteristics, ecology in trees and on the ground, how they live, how they live in groups, and their habitat. This lemur is said to live in Madagascar, Africa, and is a very special monkey. They are primitive primates called prosimians.

What is a ring-tailed lemur? About basic status

Ring-tailed lemurs are primates classified in the order Primates and family Lemuridae. The scientific name is Lemur catta, which is written and written in kanji as ring-tailed fox monkey. The body length is 38.5 – 45.5cm and the weight is 2.3 – 3.5kg. The list of information is as follows. This monkey is also known as a monkey that spreads its arms and legs and basks in the sun. Ring-tailed lemurs do not have a well-developed thermoregulatory system, so they warm themselves up by basking in the sun when it’s cold.

English(英名)Ring Tailed Lemur
scientific name(学名)Lemur catta
classification(分類)Mammalia、Primate、 Lemuridae、Lemur 
Length(体長)38.5 – 45.5cm
Weight(体重)2.3 – 3.5kg

About classification

This species alone constitutes the ring-tailed lemur genus. The genus name Lemur is derived from the Latin word lemures, meaning “ghost”.

About habitat

Ring-tailed lemurs are endemic to Madagascar. It is distributed in the south from Moundava to Fort Dauphin.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Ring-tailed lemurs have gray backs, light colored bellies and limbs (front and hind limbs) with white tips, black on the top of the head, around the eyes, and on the snout, and white and black ring-shaped markings on the tail. They have sharp claws and use them skillfully. There is a claw on the second toe of the hind leg, which is used for grooming. Ring-tailed lemurs live in trees, such as deciduous forests. Males mark by rubbing their wrists directly against tree branches, or by rubbing their tails and then waving them around.

What is your personality like?

Ring-tailed lemurs are very friendly and easy-to-tame monkeys. They are also highly social animals and tend to live in groups. They travel in herds and are very disciplined.

What is the ecology like?

Ring-tailed lemurs feed on leaves, fruits, flowers, leaves, herbs, insects, chameleons, etc. The form of coexistence is viviparous. They breed from April to May every year. The gestation period is about 4 months, and 1-3 young are born at a time in August-September. The lifespan is about 16 to 19 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

There are no large carnivores living nearby, so there are no natural enemies.

Is the ring-tailed lemur an endangered species?

The ring-tailed lemur is designated as the national animal of Madagascar. However, it is designated as an endangered species. It is also listed in Appendix I of the Washington Convention, so international trade is severely restricted. As of 2017, it is estimated that only about 2,000 ring-tailed lemurs remain in the wild, and extinction is imminent. There is a sharp decline due to the following reasons.

habitat destruction

Habitat destruction is caused by humans. Ever since humans settled the island, forests have been cleared to create pastures and farmland. Currently, it is said that 90% of Madagascar’s original forest cover has been lost, which is a significant blow.

Overhunted for pets

They are also overhunted by humans for pets. This has disrupted their collective ecology, making it difficult for them to survive.

Can ring-tailed lemurs be kept as pets?

Ring-tailed lemurs are designated as an endangered species as mentioned above, so there are very strict restrictions and there is no chance for the general public to keep them. At the zoo, you will be guided through events and other events, so let’s take a look. Or you could go to Madagascar when you have time. Please visit the website for information on events and recruitment within the park.


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