All lemurs are native to Madagascar, an island off Africa that is one of the highest priority conservation areas on Earth. It’s unique ecology is threatened by habitat destruction, political instability, and climate change. Madagascar has already lost 90% of its natural vegetation due to logging and the clearing of land for human use. Lemurs are threatened not only by habitat destruction and isolation, but by hunting.
Ring-tailed lemurs are abundant in zoos throughout the world, but the population in the wild, along with that of all lemurs, continues to decline.