The estimated population of ring-tailed lemurs in the wild is between 2,000 and 2,500 individuals.
The population is concentrated in the dry forests of southwestern Madagascar.
The population is declining at an alarming rate, and is at risk of extinction in the wild.
The ring-tailed lemur is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This means that the species is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.
The population of ring-tailed lemurs has declined by over 95% in the past 20 years. This decline is due to a number of factors, including:
- Habitat loss: The natural habitat of ring-tailed lemurs is being destroyed by deforestation and agricultural expansion.
- Hunting: Ring-tailed lemurs are hunted for their meat and fur.
- The pet trade: Ring-tailed lemurs are also captured and sold as pets.