Ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta)

​Date Published: May 2011

Assessment Summary

Ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) are found only in the southern and south-western region of Madagascar. This species is not noted for establishing feral (non-naturally occurring) populations outside its native range, although a free-ranging food-provisioned population exists as part of a conservation project in Georgia, USA.

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as 'Near Threatened' under the IUCN Red List and are listed under Appendices I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The species is classed as a 'serious' threat under the Vertebrate Pest Committee's list of exotic animals. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as 'specimens taken to be suitable for live import' and require a permit to import issued under this Act. Eligible imports are for non-commercial purposes only (i.e. zoos) and exclude household pets.

In Tasmania, Ring-tailed lemurs are 'controlled animals' under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002.

The likelihood of this species establishing in Tasmania is low. Modelling indicates that Tasmania has a very dissimilar climate to the species' distribution in Madagascar.

This risk assessment concludes that Ring-tailed lemurs are a moderate threat to Tasmania and recommends that imports are restricted to those license holders approved for keeping moderate threat species.

Assessment Documentation

  Ring tailed lemur risk assessment   (380Kb)


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