The ring-tailed lemur has the tail of a raccoon, which males cover with secretions from scent glands on their chests. They then wave their tails at each other during mating season, engaging in ‘stink wars’ over females. Males and females look virtually identical.
All lemurs are endangered by the deforestation of Madagascar, which destroys their homes. Although it has been illegal to kill wild lemurs since 1974, many people are not aware of the law and hunting still occurs.
Photo taken at Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Taken with a Canon Rebel XSI using a 75-300mm lens.