Ring Tailed Lemur
Latin Name: Lemus catta
Habitat and Range: Dry forest and bush of Southern Southwestern Madagascar
Captive/Wild Lifespan: up to 18 years in the wild and 30+ in captivity.
Gestation: One sometimes 2 are born after 135 day gestation. Once a year is typical with mid March through May being prime breeding time.
Diet: Herbaviores- Mainly foraging for fruits but will eat leaves, tree bark, and tree sap.
Adaptations: Troops number from 2-30 male and female individuals with one female presiding over all. RTL average 5 to 7 pounds with a tail up to 22 inches long. Unlike other Lemur species they spend 70% of their time on the ground but are just as comfortable in the trees. Both front and back feet have a thumb like appendage
IUCN Status: Endangered 2014
Conservation: Habitat loss due to controlled burns to create grazing fields for domestic cattle dwindle their numbers. The largest wild population resides on what is considered sacred land and not to be touched. There are a couple of smaller population protected on privately owned preserves. Its estimated there are around 2,500 Ring tailed Lemurs in captivity and believed to be the largest number of primates in captivity.
Did you know: Zaboomafoo is often mistaken for a Ring Tailed Lemur but in fact is a Sifaka Lemur.
Here at the CMC Zoo: We have a small troop of 5 Lemurs here with Lilly being our dominant female and Sal being our dominant male. Lilly was a private donation in 2007 and is mother to Tres, Rose, and Jelly Bean. She is an excellent mom and takes very good care of her troop. Jelly Bean was the first-born here to Lilly and Sal. He was born on March 22, 2008 followed by Tres our youngest male. Tres was born on May 5, 2010. Rose is our only other female, she was also born here to Lilly and Sal; she was born on March 23, 2012. Sal is an excellent father, and is also our oldest male and father to Rose, Jelly Bean, and Tres. He was born on March 20, 1985 and came to live here with us in 2005. The Primate keepers love that they coo or talk back to them and love their training sessions. They say there is nothing cuter then their buddha sun worshiping pose.