I captured this image of a Ring-tailed Lemur at the Houston Zoo in 2011. The Ring-tailed Lemur is originally from the island of Madagascar. Ring-tailed Lemurs are quite intelligent and very social, living in large groups. Lemur groups are also leaded by a matriarch. All Lemurs have a strong sense of smell and they use scent glands to mark their territory. Lemurs are also very vocal. They will use calls among each other to signal alarms and to maintain group cohesion. As a species the Lemur is considered Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
To learn more about the Ring-tailed Lemur visit Wikipedia. Also, visit the web-site of the IUCN to learn more about the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Metadata: Nikon D3 with a Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens, Subject Distance: 5.62 meters, Exposure: 1/10s at f/5.6, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 155mm, Filter: Ultra Violet, Lighting: Natural Daylight, Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Date: 10/11/2011 at 10:26 am
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