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Ring-tailed Lemur

Papercraft kit : A Ring-tailed Lemur with big round eyes, a long tail, and a unique ring-pattern.

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The Ring-tailed Lemur is the national animal of Madagascar. It is classified as “Endangered [EN]” in the Red List.

Download and enjoy the paper craft of the Ring-tailed Lemur with big round eyes, a long tail, and a distinctive ring-pattern of the fur and the tail.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in September, 2002.

Ring-tailed Lemur - Animal Guide

  • Ring-tailed Lemur - Lemuridae
  • Lemur catta
  • Length: 40 - 43 cm / Mass: 2 - 3 kg
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Endangered [EN]

Ring-tailed Lemurs have grayish brown backs and whitish gray stomachs, and there are black markings around the eyes and the nose. The most distinctive of their features, however, is a long bushy tail ringed in black and white, which is the origin of their name.
Ring-tailed Lemurs live in social groups of a few to over 20 individuals. These primates have glands in the wrists which disperse distinctively scented secretions. Males rub the scent on trees to mark their territory, and, during confrontations, rub their tails with their scent and then wave their tails over their heads in order to intimidate opponents.
This is not the only distinctive behavior of Ring-tailed Lemurs. Although they leap between trees when traveling just like other lemurs, the ring-tails often walk on the ground with their tails put up high. Furthermore, they are active for a considerable amount of time in the mornings and evenings unlike other lemurs that are mostly nocturnal. In winter, they love to sit towards the sun and sunbathe.
Ring-tailed Lemurs feed mainly on fruit, leaves, flowers, and plants. They occasionally eat insects and chameleons.
Females are dominant over males and often chase males away when they eat.

Habitat

Ring-tailed Lemurs are found in forests and woods near rivers in the southern part of Madagascar Island. They are designated national animal of Madagascar. Many lemurs used to be found on the island of Madagascar; however, the number declined mainly because of habitat loss due to tree cutting, overgrazing by livestock, etc. It is estimated that the number of Ring-tailed Lemurs has decreased to between 10 and 100 thousand.

Habitat range: The southern part of Madagascar Island

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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