Coquerel´s Sifaka

Propithecus coquereli

Hop, skip and jump

Coquerel’s Sifakas are not only skilled climbers, their powerful hind legs also make them excellent jumpers. You will never see these lemurs walking on all fours – when they seek out food on the forest floor, they hop like kangaroos.


  • Origin

    Northwestern Madagascar

  • Habitat

    dry deciduous forests, secondary forests, mangrove swamps

  • Diet

    Primarily leaves, with occasional fruits and seeds

  • Status

    critically endangered

  • Size

    42 to 50 cm

  • Weight

    3.4–4.5 kg

  • Gestation period

    141 days

  • Achievable age

    up to 30 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Chew it over

This herbivore is perfectly adapted to its diet of fibrous leaves, rich in cellulose. To help digest the roughage, the sifaka has a relatively long large intestine and an enlarged appendix. Also, the long shearing blades on its molars grind the leaves into very small pieces.

Did you know?

The sifaka got its name from its characteristic “shih-fak” alarm call.
Studies have shown that most sifakas are left-handed.
Tierpark Berlin is responsible for coordinating the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for the Coquerel’s Sifaka.

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