Year of 2017

Madagascar Independence Day
Ring-tailed lemurs in the Berenty Reserve of Madagascar

These ring-tailed lemurs enjoy the safety of life in the Berenty Reserve, a protected wildlife area in the southern region of Madagascar. Researchers often study the lemurs in Berenty, where these small primates are free to act naturally, thus netting the best data on how they behave in the wild. Today, the human citizens of Madagascar celebrate their independence with parades, music, and celebrations. Perhaps these lemurs are just waiting for the fireworks to start?

The ring-tailed lemur 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 five lemur families, and is the only member of the Lemur genus. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Known locally in Malagasy as maky or hira, it inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of extant lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours.
Scientific name: Lemur catta
Lifespan: 16 years โ€“ 19 years (In wild)
Weight: 0.15 pound (0.07 kg) (Newborn) ยท 4.85 pound (2.20 kg) on average
Gestation period: 135 days
Length: 37.40 inch (95 cm) โ€“ 43.31 inch (110 cm)
Tail length: 22.05 inch (56 cm) โ€“ 24.80 inch (63 cm)
Lemur Catta Range Map