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up-close shot of Coquerel's sifaka lemur hanging on branch
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Coquerel’s Sifaka

Sifaka are lemurs; all lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar. Their name comes from the distinct alarm call that sounds like “shifauk." These primates are endangered due to deforestation and habitat loss.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Propithecus coquereli


Northwest forests of Madagascar

Location in the Zoo

Wortham World of Primates

Cool Animal Fact

Sifaka maintain a vertical posture as they leap through trees, called “vertical clinging and leaping.”

How we Help Save Them

  • We provide salaries, equipment and support for people from Madagascar to save lemurs in the wild.
  • 1,400 booklets on lemurs (like the sifaka) were distributed to local students at 7 different schools to increase knowledge and empathy for these animals.
  • 13 radio broadcasts were made in Madagascar reaching local people with messages about lemur conservation.
  • 30,000 local plants were grown in a nursery to be used for reforestation efforts, supporting sifaka habitat and food.
  • 1,336 local people were treated by a medical doctor, increasing benefits of sifaka conservation for the local community.

How You Can Help

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