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Crowned sifaka

Propithecus coronatus

Sifakas are a member of the lemur family and, as such, are found on the island of Madagascar. Madagascar is home to some of the most unique and endangered species on the planet and the sifaka is no exception.

Crowned sifakas have large powerful back legs and can leap ten metres from tree to tree, using just their hind legs. In the wild, sifakas rarely use the ground but when they do, they move with two-footed hops.

Belfast Zoo is home to a group of crowned sifaka. We were the first zoo in the UK to breed this species.

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Conservation status

Crowned sifakas are listed under Appendix I of CITES and the IUCN believes that they face extinction in the future.




There are no exact figures of crowned sifaka left in the wild but it is certain that their numbers are declining.


Herbivore. Crowned sifakas mainly eat leaves but also feast on fruits, flowers and bark.