Cockerel's sifaka with mouth sightly agape

Coquerel's Sifaka

Leaping lemurs

Type

giant panda

Mammals

Area

Map highlighting Madagascar

Madagascar

Endangered Status

Endangered

facts

size
3 to 3.5 feet
length, including tail
An average soccer ball is 8.65 inches tall.
cockerel's sifaka next to a soccer ball

The Coquerel's sifaka's body is about 16 to 19 inches in length, and the tail measures 20 to 24 inches. Adults weigh 8.2 to 9.5 pounds.

food
plants, fruit
herbivore

Leaves make up most of this sifaka's diet. They also eat flowers, fruit, bark, and dead wood.

habitat
forests
forest dweller

description

Cockerel's sifaka seeping from tree to tree.

On the move

Whether moving through the trees or on the ground, Coquerel's sifaka are great jumpers. In fact, they can jump nearly 40 feet to move from one tree to another. On the ground they “dance,” holding their arms out and hopping like kangaroos.

Sifaka hanging onto a tree

Safety in numbers

Living in trees on the island of Madagascar helps protect sifaka groups from predators that share their forest home. These lemurs can make a loud alarm call to warn their group of danger: “Shi-fakh! Shi-fakh! Shi-fakh!” That unique call is what gives sifaka their name.

Sifaka eating leaves

Up with the sun

Coquerel’s sifaka begin their daily activities at sunrise. They often sun themselves in the treetops before spending the rest of the day moving through the trees to find food.

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unique features

Sifaka eating leaves as it hangs in a tree
sifaka mom with baby on her back

Go with the group

Sifaka live in small, social groups of 3 to 10 males and females of varying ages. Group members sleep and look for food together, and they even share territory with other nearby groups.

Sifaka with mouth open

Good grooming

Sifaka have tall, slender, evenly spaced teeth that they use for grooming each other. They can often be seen combing, licking, and cleaning the hair of other group members.