Madagascar, the Island of endemics, holds the record of endemic species. Of course, Lemurs are the most famous animals that inhabit the Island and the ones most travelers search for during a Madagascar Safari.
Of the 101 species and subspecies of Lemurs that exist (The number is approximated since scientists are still debating the taxonomy of the animal) one that most visitors expect to see in the wild during a Madagascar tour is the Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemur, also known as “dancing lemur”. They obtain this name thanks to the way they move on the earth, a very choreographed way of “walking” which is quite amusing to observe.
Details of the Dancing Lemurs
Their range includes the wet tropical rainforests to the dry spiny forests of Madagascar.
The Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemur is medium in size when compared to other species of lemurs and is the only one with hands and feet slightly webbed.
Their white body fur, black face, and big eyes make them quite attractive. They have a very long tail, up to 24 inches (longer than their body size!), that helps their balance when leaping from tree to tree, and when “dancing” on the ground.
They are about 18 inches in height when they reach maturity, and can weigh from 7 to 8 pounds with the males usually being larger than the females. They have dental differences that set them apart from other species of Lemurs.
The Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemur lives in mix groups of up to 12 individuals; 2 or 3 males, 2 or 3 females and their offsprings.
The female is sexually mature around the age of 3 and can have 1 (most of the time) to 2 babies per litter. The young hold on to the mother’s belly for 3 to 4 weeks and then ride on her back. It is entirely independent at seven months. Their average lifespan is 18 years.
They usually feed themselves twice a day; once in the early morning and then again in the late afternoon. They will rest during the remains of the day. They mostly eat leaves but also a variety of items including twigs, bark, nuts, and fruits.
A Vulnerable Species
The beautiful Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemur is a primate that has a grim future. Nowadays they are categorized as being vulnerable because of the quick destruction of their natural habitat that represents the major threat to them and all the lemurs in Madagascar. A good way to support this and other endangered species of Madagascar is visiting the Island. New Paths Expeditions includes in its Madagascar Expeditions the national parks and private reserves that have proven their conservation efforts success.
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