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Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed lemur

Lemur catta

At the Detroit Zoo
Male Finnegan and female Molly were confiscated from an exotic animal dealer in Texas in 2010. Their offspring, males Fajiry (Malagasy for “planet”) and Dallas, were born here in July of that year. Warren was confiscated from a private owner in Warren, Mich., in July 2014. They can be seen in the warm-weather months across from the rhino habitat.

Ring-tailed lemurs can be easily distinguished by their long, black-and-white striped tails. The rest of their bodies are light gray to light brown in color with white undersides, and white hands and feet. They have white faces with black patches surrounding their eyes and black muzzles.

Fun Facts

  • Lemurs have a “dental comb” which is a special set of teeth used to groom their hair.

  • During mating season, male lemurs have “stink fights”.  They determine which male is more powerful by covering their tails in smelly secretions and then waving them around.