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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

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.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.