Wildlife Photography: Ring-Tailed Lemur



The Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. It belongs to Lemuridae, one of four lemur families. It is the only member of the Lemur genus. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Known locally in Malagasy as hira or maky (spelled maki in French), it inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours.
The Ring-tailed Lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together forming a lemur ball. The Ring-tailed Lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like other lemurs, this species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory with scent glands. The males perform a unique scent marking behavior called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents. ~Wikipedia

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!!

    It is then not too worry if happen to be a Lemur.

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  2. I really like lemurs. I'd love to see them in the wild.

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  3. What a wonderful picture. Thanks for sharing and for the info.

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  4. Beautiful photo of the ring-tailed lemur, and the information is also fascinating..

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  5. His posing perfectly for this shot.

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  6. He's lovely! Whenever I see these at our local zoo, I wish I could touch their fur. They look so soft!

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  7. the kids and i were talking about such a beautiful creature yesterday....

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  8. Delightful photo, Cher! I have really enjoyed browsing all your recent entries and catching up on your wonderful pictures. Thank you.

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  9. i am always entertained by their penetrating eyes Che

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