The national animal of Madagascar is the ring-tailed lemur. This is the most known of all the lemur species. They are primates, and are only found in Madagascar Island. Madagascar’s national animal is easily differentiated from other lemur species by its long, vividly stripped, black and white tail. While moving around, they use both the legs and hands to move through trees. Research has also found that the ring-tailed lemur is the most terrestrial of all lemurs.
The national animal of Madagascar can only be found in the southern part of the country, nowhere else in the entire world. They mostly live in forests and bushes. Their number is estimated to be between 2000 and 2,400 (Scientific American, 2015). They are also considered an endangered species as their population keeps on reducing. This is due to habitat destruction which is the main threat to their existence. Wildlife agencies have taken them into captivity where they reproduce regularly.
Facts about the National Animal of Madagascar (Ring-Tailed Lemur)
- Common name: Ring-tailed lemur
- Scientific name: lemur catta
- Average weight: 5-7.5lbs.
- Average length: body-17.75 in; tail 21.75 in
- Lifespan: 30 years
- Status: endangered
- Gestation period: 135 days
- Habitats: forests and bushes
- Diet: Omnivores
They have a brownish-gray fur, with a very long tail which ha alternating black and white rings. As the national animal symbol of Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemurs are social creatures and live in groups of up to 17 members. Male ones are naturally polygamous as the group is usually dominated by the female lemurs. Females take three years to reach reproductive age, and they give birth to only one kid in a year. Their communication is via scent and also vocalization. They use the scent to mark their territory.
This amusing animal is a celebrated national symbol of Madagascar.
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- “About the ring-tailed lemur”-National geographic
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- “Ring-tailed lemur population”-Scientific American