Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3414 The Ring-Tailed Lemur Lemur Characteristics Like monkeys and apes, a lemur is a kind of primate. The ring-tailed lemur is about the size of a small house cat. It is usually gray or brown and it has large ears and eyes. Its tail always has 13 stripes—and can be up to 2 feet long! The Ring-Tailed Lemur’s Habitat Ring-tailed lemurs are found in only one place in the world: on the island of Madagascar. Madagascar is located off of the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Ring-tailed lemurs live in the island’s dry, open areas so that they can lie in the sun. They also spend time moving from tree to tree in the forests. Behaviors of the Ring-Tailed Lemur Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups called troops. Troops usually have 6 to 30 members, with one female leader. Groups travel together with their tails raised like flags as they search for food. Lemurs are mainly herbivores, or plant-eaters, but they sometimes eat small animals or insects. Ring-tailed lemurs especially enjoy sunbathing. In the early morn- ing, they move to a sunny area and turn their white bellies to the sun. This helps warm their bodies after a cold night in the forest. Review Questions 1. To which animal group do lemurs belong? 2. In which part of the world are ring-tailed lemurs found? 3. What is a herbivore? 4. What is a ring-tailed lemur’s favorite activity? Ring-Tailed Lemurs • found in Madagascar • enjoy sunbathing • are herbivores • live in troops • have long, striped tails You Try It - Survey the textbook page below. Read the section headings and the words in bold and italic print, look at the picture, and read the Review Questions.