Ring-tailed Lemur

Our Ring-tailed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Ring-tailed Lemur (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Ring-tailed Lemur Facts
Ring-tailed Lemur
Lemur catta

Type
Mammal
Life Span
Wild:15-20
Captivity: 20-25 years
Size
18 inches body
21 inches tail
Average Weight
5-7.5 lbs
Group Name
Troop
Group Size
6-30
Name of Young
Infant

Our Ring-tailed Lemur, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The ring-tailed lemur is a prosimian or lower order primate. They are recognizable by their long black and white ringed tail.
  • Lemurs use their hands and feet to move nimbly through the trees. However, unlike many other primates their tails are not prehensile and cannot grip things.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs live in social groups known as troops. A troop includes 6 to 30 members and is led by a dominant female.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs love to bathe in the sun and are sometimes called “sun worshipers” as they will sit upright with eyes closed and their hands and palms up.
  • Generally a single offspring is born at a time. However, on occasion they may have twins and rarely triplets.

Did You Know?

Male ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands on their wrists. They will rub the scent onto the tip of their tail and flick it at an opponent who will respond with their own display or flee. This is known as a “stink fight”.