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The animal on the cover of AI for Game Developers is a Ring-tailed lemur. Ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) are found solely in Madagascar, an island off the coast of southeast Africa.
Ring-tailed lemurs have a distinctive bushy tail with alternating bands of black and white rings. Their tails can reach lengths of up to 25 inches. They also have a black, pointed muzzle, which is typical among the various species of lemur. These lemurs prefer relatively open areas, such as rocky plains and desert areas, and typically travel on the ground, although they will sometimes walk on large limbs in trees. This differentiates them from other lemur species, which usually prefer forested areas and travel almost exclusively in trees.
Similar to cats, Ring-tailed lemurs have a reflective layer in the back of their eyes. This allows them to have excellent night vision. Their tails are highly scented, and are used to warn other lemurs of approaching danger. The tails are also an integral part of the mating process. The males will use their scent to try and attract the females, and vicious “stink fights” can often erupt within the group.
Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of between five and thirty members. They have distinct hierarchies that are enforced ...