"Hopping Sifaka" Tangorombohitr' Isalo Things to Do Tip by Norali

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  Bouncing Sifaka in its territory: the tombs
by Norali

Scientific name: P. verreauxi. Sifaka is a relatively small-bodied species (under 4 kg on average). Funny enough, it is identified following its raucous "si-fak!" call. Hence its name in Malagasy: Sifaka

The fur of sifaka is mainly white, with the top of the head black or chocolate brown. The ears are white, slightly tufted & only moderately prominent. Sometimes, there may be silver gray or goldish tints on the back and flanks, and the base of the tail. A reddish-brown gland is said visible at the base of the throat in males. Still, I was not close enough to see the gland.

Not the cutest lemur but really funny... Nothing is more funny than seeing them bouncing, hopping about, with their joined legs. And they don't follow a straight path, they rather move on the ground with the manner of a crab. Of course, that is when they don't sunbath on the tree branches. When it's hot, they just have some rest and the noisy Sifaka remain strangely silent.

Do you have the feeling lemurs are lazy ones? Yes, lazy and slow. This is reported to be the reason why they couldn't survive in the other parts of the world for them being easy preys of mightier beasts.

To eat something, Sifaka barely uses its hands. Diner is generally made of leaves and buds.

Sifakas use to live in groups of 6-8 elements, hence the use of the call as communication within the groups. They can be divided in two allied families.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 20, 2004
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