Unlike many other lemur species which live in rainforests, ring-tailed lemurs inhabit the dry forests of southern Madagascar. They are highly social, living in groups of up to 30 animals. The striped tail is an important social signal and is used in ‘stink-fights’ between males. The Fota group is free ranging. Threats to survival include hunting and wholesale destruction of their forest home. Ring-tailed lemurs are important for attracting tourists to Madagascar.