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Ring-tail Lemur

L. catta

Family: Lemuridae 
Genus: Lemur
Conservation Status: Endangered 
Habitat: Madagascar 

The ring-tailed lemur is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur species due to its long black and white ringed tail. Like all lemurs, it is endemic to the island of Madagascar near the coast of Africa. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of lemurs, spending much of its time on the ground. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours. 

The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together (called a lemur ball). The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun in a meditative pose. The ring-tailed lemur is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is suffering from habitat destruction in the wild. But, it is also the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering more than 2,000 individuals. It typically lives 16 to 19 years in the wild and up to 27 years in captivity.

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