The ring-tailed lemur is a large strepsirrhine primate. It belongs to
Lemuridae, one of five lemur families. Like all lemurs, it is endemic
to Madagascar, living in the gallery forests and spiny scrubland in the
southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous, diurnal and highly
social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. Communities are
matriarchal, a trait common among lemurs. Like other lemurs, this
species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory
with scent glands. As one of the most vocal primates, the ring-tailed
lemur utilizes numerous vocalizations such as alarm calls. Experiments
have shown that, despite the lack of a large brain, the ring-tailed
lemur can organize sequences, understand basic arithmetic operations
and preferentially select tools based on functional qualities. Despite
being listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List and suffering from
habitat destruction, the ring-tailed lemur reproduces readily in
captivity and is the most populous lemur in zoos worldwide, numbering
more than 2000 individuals. It typically lives 16 to 19 years in the
wild and 27 years in captivity.
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The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Stamp Act, requiring that
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
The Night has a thousand eyes,
And the Day but one;
Yet the light of
the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.
--Francis William Bourdillon
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