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Crowned sifaka

Propithecus coronatus

Crowned sifaka

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.

Animal class


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

Crowned sifakas can be up to 45 centimetres (cm) long. Their tails can measure up to 56cm and they can weigh up to four kilograms.

Crowned sifakas are found in the deciduous and evergreen forests of north-west Madagascar.

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

Crowned sifakas are hunted for their fur and for meat. Their habitats are continuously being destroyed.

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

Zoo population
There is an EEP for crowned sifakas. There are 18 living in zoos across the world.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

EEP - European Endangered Species Programme

Related links

Our other lemurs