Rainforest Lemur. Ring-tailed lemurs are endangered. Habitat and Distribution. The main threat to their population is habitat destruction. SOCIAL ORGANIZATION AND BEHAVIOR Lemur catta. Ring-tailed lemurs live in multi-male/multi-female groups of about 11 to 17 animals but which range in size from six to 35 at Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve and four to 31 at Berenty Private Reserve (Sussman 1991; Hood & Jolly 1995; Sauthers pers. The Ring-tailed lemur is one of the most distinctive species of lemurs. The Most Recognizable Lemur. Ring-tailed lemurs typically live to be 16 years old, with the oldest known ring-tailed lemur living to be 33 years old in captivity. The Ring-tailed lemur, Lemur catta, is one of twenty-two species of lemurs. The tail is used as a flag as the lemurs walk, held aloft so others can see. The Ring-tailed Lemur is endangered – largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the illegal pet trade. True to their name, ring-tailed lemurs' tails are ringed with 13 alternating black and white bands. Ring-tailed lemurs exhibit female philopatry and the core of the social group … Unlike most of the lemur species, ring-tailed ones spend a lot of time on the ground, instead of in the trees. They have white bellies. Ring-tailed lemur backs are gray to rosy brown with gray limbs and dark gray heads and necks. Ring-tailed lemurs are also hunted for food and sold in the pet trade. Like all lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur is native only to Madagascar, they are found in southern and southwestern Madagascar and ranging further into highland areas than other lemurs. The ring-tailed lemur, however, spends a good portion of its day on the ground. It inhabits the southwest corner of Madagascar in a broad range of forests and canyons and can tolerate the most extreme environments of any species of lemur. Lemur hind legs are longer than the front, more pronounced in arboreal species. The ring-tailed lemur is found in a several protected areas across its range, including six national parks, and several areas of sacred forest. One major threat to the ring-tailed lemur population is habitat loss due to agriculture and livestock grazing. Although many animals exhibit this behavior, it is a rare trait among primates. Much of their habitat is being converted to farmland or burned for the production of charcoal. However, it is thought that the Ring-tailed Lemur needs primary forest (undisturbed) in order to survive. Ring-tailed Lemur Lemur catta. The ring-tailed lemur is the best known of all lemur species, notorious for its black and white striped tail. Conservation status Endangered (IUCN Red List, 2019) Family Lemuridae. It is brown in color and has small ears. Lemurs tend to move on all fours, and their hands and feet are tailor-made for life in the trees. comm.). 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