Ring-tailed Lemur - Five Sisters Zoo

Individuals have a grey-to-brown coat with tones of red on their bodies and white fur on their neck, chest,  abdomen, hands, and feet. They have white faces with dark eye patches around their eyes and black muzzles. Their long tail, which can grow up to 60 centimetres, has alternating black and white fur bands.


  • Diet: Herbivores
  • Weight:  2.2 kilograms
  • Height: 42.5 centimetres
  • Habitat: Forest, shrub-land and rocky areas of the south of Madagascar
  • Life span: 16 to 19 years in the wild – The eldest Ring-tailed lemur at Five Sisters Zoo, Stumpy, just turned 37, almost 10 years more than the average life span in captivity. He is one of the oldest ring-tailed lemurs in Britain

Adapted to Survive

  • Individuals live in groups of 6-30 individuals called troops
  • They can obtain water from succulent plants
  • Individuals will eat the foods available in their different habitats. They are considered flexible folivores / frugivores


  • Habitat loss due to deforestation and climate change
  • Severely fragmented populations
  • Poaching
  • Pet trade

IUCN Conservation Status