Origin: Southern Madagascar
Scientific Name: Lemur catta
Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as ENDANGERED on the IUCN Red List. Lemurs are the most endangered primate species. Human destruction of their tropical forest habitat in Madagascar is the chief cause.
Lemurs are also being increasingly hunted by humans for food even though hunting lemurs is illegal in Madagascar.
Ring-tailed lemurs are large, vocal primates with a distinctive tail with alternating black and white rings.
Their stomachs aren’t as furry as the rest of their bodies so they often point their stomachs in the direction of the sun for warmth.
Ring-tailed lemurs are a very social animal and live in groups known as troops.