Ring-tailed lemur facts for kids

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Ring-tailed lemur
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Infraorder: Lemuriformes
Superfamily: Lemuroidea
Family: Lemuridae
Genus: Lemur
Linnaeus, 1758
Binomial name
Lemur catta
Linnaeus, 1758
Map of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, with a range covering most of the southwest portion of the island.
Distribution of Lemur catta

The ring-tailed lemur is a primate from the group of lemurs (Lemuriformes). It lives in the dry regions of southwest Madagascar.

This lemur weighs between 2 to 3.5 kilograms (4.4 to 7.7 lb). It can live up to 20 years. It is a mid-sized lemur. The striped tail makes it easy to recognize. Its behaviour is somewhat unusual for lemurs: it is active during the day, and spends much time on the ground. Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of 12 to 15 animals. Each group is led by a female. Ring-tailed lemurs eat both meat and plants, but they mainly eat fruit. They live only in Madagascar. The main threats to ring-tailed lemurs are destroying the places where it lives and hunting.

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