DISTRIBUTION: Endemic to southern and southwestern Madagascar.
DIET: Opportunistic omnivores but usually feed on fruits and leaves.
NOTES: The ring-tailed lemur is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours and semi-terestrial. 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. The tail is used for balance, communication, and group cohesion. In the mornings the ring-tailed lemur sunbathes to warm itself.