Ring-Tailed Lemurs at the Hattiesburg Zoo
They are very interesting creatures that God put on this earth. One of my favorite characteristics about this animal is there big bushy cute tail. The ring-tailed lemurs scientific family is Lemuridae.The ring-tailed lemur gets its name from the neat ringed pattern on the fur on the tail. They have gray or rosy brown backs with lighter gray or brown hind legs and have white stomachs.
They will also occasionally eat invertebrates and on rare occasions, small vertebrate species. All lemur species are endangered due to loss of habitat from deforestation. There are approximately only 2,000 ring-tailed lemurs remaining in the wild. Over 90% of Madagascar’s forests have been depleted due to conversion of the land for agricultural purposes. The Good Zoo participates in the ring-tailed lemur Species Survival Plan breeding program with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions to ensure a sustainable population of this rare species in human care.
It reaches sexual maturity around two and a half to three years of age, giving birth once per year.