Verreaux’s sifaka
(Propithecus verreauxi)


Verreaux’s sifakas are one of the largest diurnal lemurs and live in southern and south-west Madagascar. There they can be found in a variety of habitats like, rainforests, dry-deciduous forests to spiny forests. These arboreal primates live in small multi-male multi-female groups with 2 to 13 individuals. As it is common in many lemur species, females are dominant over males. Sifakas only reproduce in a short period during wet season (Jan-Feb) and give birth to one infant between August and September. Their reproduction is very skewed in favor of the dominant males, which sire most of the offspring of their group. Verreaux’s sifakas preliminary feed on leaves, however, during wet season they increase their intake of fruits and other plant parts. Verreaux’s sifakas are enlisted as “endangered” (IUCN Red List 2016).