Although it is one of the most common lemur species found in zoos, the ring-tailed lemur’s population in the wild is severely threatened. It is considered an endangered species, and has suffered dramatically from habitat destruction. Despite being a protected species, the ring-tailed lemur’s relatively small range of suitable environments makes it uniquely susceptible to fragmentation and habitat loss. Thankfully, ring-tailed lemurs reproduce readily, and experts believe that if wild numbers were to fall to critical levels, these beautiful animals could be reintroduced into the wild from captivity.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 6.8 L x 3.5 W x 10 H
- Size in inches: 2.68 L x 1.38 W x 3.94 H
- UPC: 095866292201
Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as a Near Threatened species because their population is expected to continue dropping as habitat loss increases due to overgrazing and controlled burning to create land for livestock. They are also trapped and kept as pets or hunted for food. Ring-tailed lemurs are protected under international legislation and many live in protected areas.