As much on the ground as in the trees
This lemur, weighing between 3 and 4 kg, has a long characteristic tail with 14 black rings, which it uses not only when it moves through the trees but also to send visual signals to other members of the group, according to the way it makes it move.
Very agile, the Ring-Tailed Lemur can make huge leaps of several metres. It spends as much time on the ground as in the trees, feeding on fruit and leaves. Males compete by means of body odours, produced by glands under the forearms and close to the genitals: the male which emits the strongest odour wins the favours of the female, which dominate the males and remain in their birth group.
The mothers carry their new-born cubs on their backs but, despite their intense maternal care, only 40% of the young survive.
Eighteen ring-tailed Lemurs
Eighteen lemurs live in Pairi Daiza, including Bagel, Donut, Amber and Saka.
A « near threatened » species
- Name : Ring-tailed Lemur
- Latin name : Lemur catta
- Origin : South and South-West Madagascar
- SIUCN status : Near threatened
- Cites : Appendix I