Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli)
Ankarafantsika Strict Nature Reserve, Western deciduous forest. MADAGASCAR
These are large (length 925-1,100mm and weight: 3.5-4kg), vertically clinging and leaping lemurs. Their distinctive coloration can not be confused with any other species. They are diurnal and live in family groups of three to ten. Coquerel's sifaka feed primarily on leaves, fruit, bark and flowers. They have one young in June or July. At first the infant clings to the mother's front then as it gets larger rides on her back.
DISTRIBUTION: Restricted to north-west Madgascar in dry-deciduous and semi-evergreen forests.
THREATENED SPECIES due to habitat distruction for agriculture and the production of charcoal but also deliberately started bush fires lit to encourage new grass shoots to grow. Hunting also occurs in some areas although around Ankarafantsika Reserve it is 'fady' or taboo to hunt this species.
ENDEMIC TO MADAGASCAR