The ring-tailed lemurs are the most well known primates of the Lemuridae family due to their long, black and white ringed tail. They live in Madagascar and some nearby small islands.
Among lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur is a relatively large lemur. Its average weight is 2.2 kilograms. Its head–body length ranges from 39 to 46 cm and its tail length can reach 60 cm.
Lemurs are social animals which live in groups of up to 30 individuals. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. Each family or colony is led by a dominant female, a practice that is quite common among lemurs.
The ring-tailed lemur is an opportunistic omnivore primarily eating fruits and leaves. Its diet includes flowers, roots, seeds as well as insects and their larvae.
The mating season lasts approximately one month in the middle of April. After 135 days of gestation, the female gives birth to one offspring, but twins may occur too. The infants have a birth weight of 70 g and are carried ventrally for the first 2 weeks.