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  • English name
    Diademed Sifaka
  • ClassificationPrimates, Indriidae
  • Scientific namePropithecus Diadema

Diademed Sifaka
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The Diademed Sifaka comes from the Lemuroid family and lives on the island of Madagascar. They are in trouble because the forest has disappeared due to mining for sapphires and rubies. Over the last 30 years, their numbers have diminished by less than half.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 43-55cm
Tail length: 41-51cm
Weight: 5-7.25kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Diademed Sifaka lives only on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

What they eat

The Diademed Sifaka eats fruits, flowers, and fresh leaves.

What they are like

The cry of the Diademed Sifaka sounds like "see-fark", which is where they get their name from.

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Their numbers have decreased by half over the last 30 years
The Diademed Sifaka comes from the Lemuroid family, and lives on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Their numbers are said to have decreased by half over the last 30 years. One reason is that the forest has disappeared. In the 1990s, when people discovered the island of Madagascar had an abundant supply of sapphires and rubies, ore mining devastated the forest environment.

Young people are the enemy of the Diademed Sifaka?!
Additionally, the Diademed Sifaka is a hunted animal. In Madagascar, the tradition was not to eat the Diademed Sifaka. However, in recent years, this tradition has faded and young people are starting to eat the Diademed Sifaka. This is also why their numbers have been declining.

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