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Verreaux's sifaka

Propithecus verreauxi


Medium sized lemur in the Indriidae family found in a variety of habitats and are famous for their "dancing" across open spaces but do also makes huge leaps between trees. This lemur has long, thick, soft hair that is mostly white with a dark brown crown that extends down the back of the neck. It has a dark grey or black face which contrasts with its large, bright, yellow eyes. The fur is thinner on its chest, belly and underarms allowing the grey skin to show through, and male Verreaux's sifakas may also have a faint reddish-brown area on the chest, caused by a gland at the base of the throat.Like other sifakas, its arms are short, and somewhat limited in their movements; however, their hind limbs are large and strong, providing the power for them to leap from tree to tree. The name of the sifaka comes from the sharp, piercing call that this primate makes, which sounds like shi-fahk. This species is currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Redlist with habitat destruction being a major threat.


Dry and spiny forests of southern and southwest Madagascar from the Tsiribihina River to Andohahela Sifakas feed on leaves, fruit and flowers. Verreaux's sifaka is the most common species of sifaka. At home in the trees, sifakas are powerful jumpers but on the ground they are somewhat awkward due to their splayed feet. Since trees in their habitat are often dispersed, sifakas cross open ground by sashaying on their hind legs with arms aloft. They are often known as ""dancing lemurs"". Sifakas also have the remarkable ability to leaping from tree to tree in the spiny forest where virtually every branch is covered with thorns or spines.

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55 Comments (1–25)

BirdBrain 9 years ago

A beautiful series. What a stunning way to capture these (sadly) endangered animals.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago


RiekoS 10 years ago

Thank you Yuko. This was before I joined Project Noah. What a wonderful series!

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Superb series!

lori.tas 11 years ago

Stunning pics.

Liisa 11 years ago


AnthonyTrigueros 11 years ago

Beautiful pictures!

آلاءالخطيب 11 years ago

Just Amazinggggggggggggggggggg.... I LOVE IT

DanaValentová 11 years ago

Beauty :)

DebbzArseneault 11 years ago


victoria.vikspics 11 years ago

Thank you everyone.
Leuba - habitat destruction is the major threat for these particular lemurs, although they can be predated by fossas it's a natural predator-prey relationship

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Congratulations ! - great pics and a lovely animal. I assume habitat destruction is affecting them more than predation by Fossas.

ebsharrett1950 11 years ago

Great series. Congrats on the accolades. They are well deserved.

Great pictures, well done!!! they are my Favorite Primates !!!!!!!!!!

ToFastenWithStitches 11 years ago

He's soooo cute! Great pictures, well done!

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 11 years ago

The last picture is adorable!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Congrats on the Spotting of the Week. You certainly deserve it. We are all glad for you. :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

These pictures look like scenes from a movie. Congrats.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Congratulations... !!
Victoria... keep sharing more fantastic Organisms...!!
You have made Project Noah more precious...!!

VasanthKumar 11 years ago

amazing catch... congratulations...

peter 11 years ago

Spotting of the Week!

"Medium sized lemur in the Indriidae family found in a variety of habitats and are famous for their "dancing" across open spaces but do also makes hugs leaps between trees. This species is currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Redlist with habitat destruction being a major threat."

AntonRacela 11 years ago

Amazing!! =)) Congrats!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Congrats for NatGeo spotting of the week.

victoria.vikspics 11 years ago

Wow, I'm humbled, thank you so much for spotting of the day and Nat Geo spotting of the week. Thank you for all the amazing comments it makes me very happy that everyone is enjoying this wonderful animal, I couple only put some shots on here but if you want to see more there are plenty here (I think I have more images of this lemur than any others!)

StanislavStanZabransky - I don't mind as long as it is only for personal use as the images are copyrighted and may be entered into a competitions next year.

opzjon 11 years ago

wonderful shot!

Spotted by

Behara, Province Toliara, Madagascar

Spotted on Oct 2, 2011
Submitted on Oct 28, 2011

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