Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Admission: $11 Adults, $6 Child
Thinly wooded areas; treeless, rocky mountains; arid forest
Diet in the Wild:
Leaves, fruits, plant parts, occasionally insects
Diet at the Zoo:
Over 20 years
Ring tailed lemurs measure about 18 inches in length and weigh between 5 and 8 pounds. They are primitive monkeys, called Prosimians. This lemur is catlike both in body proportions and in movement. The white face has a dark nose and eye patches and a whitish gray underpart. The distinctive tail is used for visual and scent signaling.
These lemurs are very social and live in groups of up to 22. They spend a large percentage of their time grooming and cleaning one another. They mark their territory using scent glands under their tail. These lemurs are diurnal and enjoy sunbathing during the day. When on the ground, these lemurs walk on all four limbs with their long bushy tails standing tall and swaying gently. Adult females are highly respected by other group members because they are permanent members, whereas males may change groups.
Single births usually occur in March or April, after a gestation period of 4 months. The young suckles and cling to its mother, but will gradually build independence. Young mature at 15 months.
Ring Tailed Lemurs are on the endangered list because the growth of human settlements have greatly impeached on their territory. Hunting is also a major cause of their decline.