Ring-tailed lemur

• Nome científico: Lemur catta
• Classe: Mammal
• Hábitos alimentares: Omnivorous
• Status de conservação: Endangered


The first lemurs that now live in the São Paulo Aquarium came from a European Zoo, and two were born in the aquarium. Because they are animals that live in such a restricted habitat, the island of Madagascar, any interference in this environment becomes a very big threat to this species. Thus, since they arrived, lemurs help us to teach that the problems that the environment has been suffering, are even greater threats to species that, like lemurs, do not spread widely and live in a restricted space, leaving them threatened with extinction.

Informações gerais:

It is a social species and lives in large groups in which females are dominant. They are strictly territorial: they have their areas of life.


33 years.


Its natural diet is quite varied, consisting of fruits, leaves, flowers, bark, sap, large insects and even small vertebrates. At the São Paulo Aquarium they feed on a variety of vegetables, leaves and feed.


45 centimeters (without the tail).


3,5 kilos.

Distribuição geográfica:

They are endemic to the south and southwest of Madagascar.


The greatest threat to this species comes from widespread habitat loss, with its forest and forest habitats being reduced by a combination of flames, overgrazing and wood harvesting for charcoal production. In addition, another threat is hunting to obtain their meat or to make them pet.


They are found in a variety of environments, such as dry and shrubland forests, gallery forests and coastal forests.


Males compete for access to females through vocalizations and odor fights. The mating season is usually during the month of April, with each female being fertile only for 24 hours a year, and may have one to two puppies.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

African sector