Photograph - © Chris Lee
2007 Location - Africa Alive
The ring-tailed lemur breeding season usually lasts
7-21 days in April to May. Females become sexually mature at 19.5
months, while the males become mature at 2.5 years. Males approach
the females and attempt to inspect their genitals and mate.
Females will either accept or decline the male. If mating is
successful, females will go through a 135 day gestation period.
They give birth to live young, usually having one to two babies. The
mother carries the baby ventrally for the first weeks until she carries
them on her back. She cares for her young by licking, grooming,
protecting, and feeding. The young begin to climb at three weeks, eat
solid food at two months, and are independent from their mother by six
To adapt to their harsh environments, these lemurs
have high fecundity and give birth at the start of the wet season to
ensure plentiful food sources.