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Makis cattas © MNHN - F-G Grandin

The ring-tailed lemur

With its black and white striped tail and small orange eyes, the ring-tailed lemur is a symbol of Madagascar.


Class, order and family :
Mammalia, primates, lemuridae
Lifespan :
up to 19 years
Height & weight :
95 to 110 cm and 2.3 to 3.5 kg
Gestation :
4.5 months
Natural habitat :
thorny dry forest, thicket
Diet :
fruit, flowers, bark, insects
Native region :
Statut UICN : 

Endangered (EN)


This frugivorous lemur inhabits the savannahs in the south of the island, where it can be seen walking around on its hind legs and demonstrating its agility by leaping up to ten metres between branches.