Verreaux's sifakas huddled in the fork of a tree branch


With a 'shi-fak' call echoing throughout the forests of Madagascar, it's little wonder the local people named this group of lemurs the sifaka. Like all lemurs they are only found on the African island of Madagascar, where they evolved away from competition with monkeys. All nine species of sifaka are threatened, mainly from the destruction of their delicate habitat. Some of these amazing sifakas can be explored further using the image links below, where you'll find classic video clips from Sir David Attenborough's 1961 Zoo Quest series through to their incredible 'dancing' technique as filmed for Life of Mammals.

Scientific name: Propithecus

Rank: Genus

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The Sifakas can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Sifakas distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web