Geographical Range Southwestern Madagascar (off the eastern coast of Africa)
Habitat Forests, scrublands, deserts
Scientific Name Lemur catta
Conservation Status Near threatened

These lemurs live in large social groups averaging 18 members. Like most lemur species, females are dominant to males. Mothers give birth once a year and twins are not uncommon. Female offspring stay in their birth group; males leave when they are three to five years old.

Did You Know?

Males use their striped tails during "stink fights:" they rub their tail over scent glands on their arms, then wave it at their opponent.