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Ring-tailed Lemur | by Annette Rumbelow
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Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed lemurs, you'd likely see them sitting on the ground, facing the sun with their arms outspread. Sun worshipping? Sort of. Ring-tailed lemurs often spend hours in this position, soaking up the warmth of the sun. And they do it in a group, since they're social animals.


In a troop, or group, of ring-tailed lemurs, which typically numbers between 15 and 20 individuals, females rule. If a squabble breaks out between a male and a female, the female lemur always wins the argument.


Male ring-tailed lemurs come and go from one troop to another, while females stay with the one in which they were born. The core of a troop of ring-tailed lemurs consists mainly of the females and their young. As the troop moves from feeding site to feeding site, the core group settles into the best feeding spot (generally a good tree) and eats first.


Lemurs are primates and are related to monkeys and apes.


Lemurs are endangered, mainly due to habitat destruction caused by people who clear land for farming and logging.


Lemurs live in the wild only on the African island of Madagascar and a few neighboring islands.


Lemurs help new plants grow by dispersing seeds that pass through their digestive systems after they eat.


Lemurs use their specialized, comblike front teeth for grooming themselves and each other.

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Taken on April 12, 2012