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female ring-tailed lemurs fighting

Gwenn Seemel
Defending her territory (Ring-tailed lemur)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

This is the only painting of a fight I’ve made, but my collaborator for this series painted my partner doing a Tai Chi form here. To learn more about the making of Defending her territory, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Boys don’t always dominate girls in social hierarchies.

Among ring-tailed lemurs, females dominate males socially. They are responsible for defending their troop’s territory from other lemurs, and they do so with threatening behaviors and the occasional physical aggression as well as by marking their turf with scent.