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|A species of lemurs that is not endemic to the north of Madagascar but has been imported and lives in a protected reserve in the middle of the island.|
The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. It belongs to Lemuridae, one of five lemur families, and is the only member of the Lemur genus. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Known locally in Malagasy as maky , spelled maki in French or hira, it inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of extant lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours.
The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like other lemurs, this species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory with scent glands. The males perform a unique scent marking behavior called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents.
As one of the most vocal primates, the ring-tailed lemur uses numerous vocalizations including group cohesion and alarm calls. Experiments have shown that the ring-tailed lemur, despite the lack of a large brain (relative to simiiform primates), can organize sequences, understand basic arithmetic operations and preferentially select tools based on functional qualities.
Despite reproducing readily in captivity and being the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering more than 2,000 individuals, the ring-tailed lemur is listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List 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, making them far more critically endangered. Other info on Wikipedia.
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Wow....That's a big family of lemurs. As usual a top quality image with sharp details and natural colors.
I like the black spots around their eyes....
- [2019-02-22 8:45]
A human nature that I tried to count, these were seven. Hope not missing anything, well framed and nice shot.
Your trip to Madagascar was very fruitful, you came home with dozens of extraordinary photos. This is another exceptional shot - perfect composition, very spectacular scene with the lemur family and nice exposure to show us everything well. Special photo, I'd say a "once-in-a-lifetime" capture. Brilliant!
Kind regards from Ireland, László
No doubt, beautiful animal! I don't like if body parts touch the frame or outside the frame. Tail is important too when your are not going for Profile shot. So to me it's not good idea to keep half tail. Either full Lemur in frame or go for Profile shot,IMHO. Otherwise we'll details and exposure.
Thanks for sharing,
This is a very cute image.
Ciao Luciano, gran bella foto di gruppo si sono messi on posa alla grande per te, bella foto, ma attento alle code :), bravissimo, ciao Silvio
What a delightful congregation of Lemurs, Luciano!
I like the way they are all clustered together.
great shot of this famili
good sharpness and great details
thanks gr lou
- [2019-02-25 1:56]