Thursday, November 5, 2009


Crowned sifaka in captivity.

The crowned sifaka is diurnal, inhabits dry deciduous forests and is often found in mangroves, which also form an important food source. They occur in groups of two to eight individuals, with home ranges from 1.2–1.5 hectares. The crowned sifaka feeds mainly on buds, green fruits and mature leaves. While there have been only a few studies of his species, it is known that they reproduce seasonally with females giving birth every 2-3 years. Compared to other lemurs, their reproductive potential is very slow (Curtis, 1998) making recovery of populations even more problematic.

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