At the Detroit Zoo
Scientific name: Lemur catta
Habitat: Dry forests and brush in south and southwestern Madagascar
Size: 18 inches tall (not including the tail); the tail in 22 inches long
Weight: 5-8 pounds
Diet: Ring-tailed lemurs are herbivores and the majority of their diet is fruit; however, they also consume leaves, flowers, tree bark and sap.
Reproduction: Gestation four months; one or two offspring
Lifespan: 17 years
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Lemurs have a “dental comb” which is a special set of teeth used to groom their hair.