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Lemur ring-tailed
Lemur ring-tailed
The most famous of the primates from island of Madagascar.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: Lemurs
Genus: Cat lemurs
Species: Ring-tailed lemur
General Settings
  • They live in the south of Madagascar, from Fort-Dauphin to Konradova in the Andringitra mountains.
  • Height-up to 45 cm.
  • Weight – up to 3.5 kg.
  • The basis of the diet – fruits, leaves, flowers, cacti. Rarely-insects.
  • Life expectancy – up to 20 years.

The cat lemur (katta, maki, ring-tailed lemur) is an unusual slender animal, comparable in size to a cat.


Social behavior


They live in groups of up to 30 individuals on average, where there is a strict hierarchy. The leaders are the females. And if the females remain in the groups in which they were born, then the males can repeatedly change the group. The family group occupies an area of 6 to 23 hectares.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts approximately 220 days. The female gives birth to one cub weighing about 200 grams. The newborn is covered with hair, with open eyes. For the first week, he "lives" on his mother's stomach, then moves to his back. And after a couple of months, he begins to make independent trips and returns to his mother only for feeding or sleeping.


Species and people


The cat lemur population is declining. The main reasons are the reduction of the natural habitat and hunting. In zoos, numerous colonies have been established, where breeding is well established.


Interesting Facts


The cat lemur has exactly 13 black and white stripes on its tail.

Cat lemurs like to take a sun bath, spreading," tanning", hands to the sides.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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