Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. The Ring tail Lemur, is found in southern and southwestern Madagascar. It inhabits deciduous forests, dry scrub, montane humid forests, and gallery forests (forests along riverbanks).
Ring-tailed lemurs also spend a lot of time on the ground, which is unusual among lemur species. They forage for fruit, which makes up the greater part of their diet, but also eat leaves, flowers, tree bark, and sap. They live in groups known as troops. These groups may include 6 to 30 animals, but average about 17. Both sexes live in troops, but a dominant female presides over all.
The Ring Tail Lemur is listed as endangered due to habitat destruction and hunting for bush meat and the exotic pet trade. As of early 2017, the population in the wild is believed to have crashed as low as 2,000 individuals due to habitat loss, poaching and hunting.