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The ring-tailed lemur is recognized by its long tail with distinctive black and white bands, which are unique among all the lemurs.
The ring-tailed lemur’s eyesight is so keen that it can see in the dark. It is an important component of its environment’s ecology because it often eats seasonal fruit, the seeds of which it does not digest. It then passes the seeds in its waste, which then take root and grow. This helps replenish the vegetation of the island of Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa.
Black lemur, bamboo lemur
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Primates (prosimians)
FAMILY: Lemuridae (lemurs)
GENUS/SPECIES: Lemur catta
Size: Around 40 in (1 m) with tail
Weight: 5–7 lbs (2–3 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants and insects
Habitat: Spiny desert, scrub, and dry forest of Madagascar