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Scientific name:  Lemur catta
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Omnivorous
Weight:  2.5 kg
Size:  37 - 46 cm
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European Ex-situ Programme (EEP)

European Ex-situ Programme (EEP)

With its white and black tail, it is the best known of the lemurs.

The Lemurs meet in groups of 3 to 20 individuals in which the females dominate. Spring is the season of love. After 4 months of gestation, the mother gives birth to 1 or 2 young which are first attached to the mother's chest before passing on her back. She breastfeeds them for 4 to 5 months. At 2 or 3 years old, the young are of an age to reproduce in turn. They live between 15 and 20 years.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


Lemur cattas or Ring-tailed lemurs are recognisable by their long ringed tails which serve as a visual cue. Males engage in scent fights to win over females.