Most lemur species primarily live in trees, however, the Ring-tailed frequently uses the ground for travel. They are also more active during the day and live in groups of 5-30.
The word Lemur comes from old Latin, and refers to ghosts or spirits. The staring eyes, haunting sounds and nocturnal ways of the lemur inspired early observers to think of them as ghosts or forest spirits.
They have powerful scent glands and use their unique odor as a communication tool and even as a kind of weapon. They also communicate with short grunting sounds.
Like their celebrity look-a-like, the females tend to be more dominant than males.