Verreaux's sifaka clinging to a branch

Verreaux's sifaka

Verreaux's sifakas are tree-dwelling lemurs of the Madagascan forests. They live and forage for food in small troops, eating almost any plant parts that are above ground. Though adapted for a life spent in spiny trees, these lemurs still have to cross open ground occasionally. They do this up on their hind legs with their forearms held up high for balance. The name sifaka comes from the noisy barking call they make during territorial confrontations.

Scientific name: Propithecus verreauxi

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Verreaux's sifaka taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Verreaux's sifaka 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 Verreaux's sifaka distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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