Scientific Name: Lemur catta
Range and Habitat: The forests of Madagascar and the Comoro Islands
Size: Average about 4 pounds. Head and body length of about 12 to 18 inches,
with a tail length of 16 to 20 inches.
Life Span: Average 7 years in the wild, but much longer in captivity. The record is 27 years.
Gestation: Approximately 160 days, where known
Wild Diet: Animal and vegetable material; prefer fruit and insects
Zoo Diet: Monkey biscuits, assorted fruits and vegetables
Lemurs are arboreal primates, but of all the lemurs the ring-tail spends
the greatest amount of time on the ground. They prefer large horizontal limbs and like many other primates don't appear to be very agile in small branches. They live in social groups of up to twenty individuals comprised of adult males and females and young.
In the wild the young are usually born from September through
November. The young cling to the mother's abdomen for the first couple
of weeks then start clinging to her back. They become independent at
about six months and are sexually mature at eighteen months.