Zoo Animals

Ring-tailed lemur

Lemur catta

At the Detroit Zoo
Male Finnegan and female Molly were confiscated from an exotic animal dealer in Texas in 2010. Their offspring, males Fajiry (Malagasy for “planet”) and Dallas, were born here in July of that year. Warren was confiscated from a private owner in Warren, Mich., in July 2014. They can be seen in the warm-weather months near the tiger habitat.

Description
The ring-tailed lemur can be easily distinguished by its long, black-and-white striped tail. The rest of its body is a light gray to light brown color with a white underside, and white hands and feet. It has a white face with black patches surrounding its eyes and a black muzzle.

Fun Facts

  • Lemurs have a “dental comb” which is a special set of teeth used to groom their hair.

  • During mating season, male lemurs have “stink fights”.  They determine which male is more powerful by covering their tails in smelly secretions and then waving them around.