Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)
Verreaux’s Sifaka
 
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Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)
 

Sifakas are amongst the largest of the lemurs. They live in the dry deciduous forest of the west coast of Madagascar and are diurnal, most active in the middle of the day, which is rather unusual. They have silky white coats with patches of red or black on the sides, and gray undersides, which they expose to sunlight in the early morning to help them warm up. They also have a long flap of skin running from their underarms to their thighs, which they spread when leaping.

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Size:
Body Length, 20 inches
Weight, 11 lbs.
Life Cycle:
Weaning, 6 months
Sexual maturity, 2 years
Life Span, 18 years (recorded in captivity)
Reproduction:
Gestation Period, 150 days
Young/birth, 1
Birth Season, June - August
Diet:
Leaves, fruit, bark, flowers
Predators:
Fossa, birds of prey
Social Structure:
Family groups of 4-6 members (males and females may form permanent pair bonds)
Territory Size:
2 ½ - 7 ½ acres
Conservation Status:
Endangered


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