What is a dancing sifaka?

Verreaux’s sifaka from southern Madagascar is known as the dancing lemur for the way it moves across open ground. Within their own group, sifakas communicate with barks, growls, howls, shrieks, and “hums” and their name is derived from their “shifak” alarm call which is used when a potential ground predator is seen.

Why are lemurs endangered?

Today’s update shows that 33 lemur species are Critically Endangered, with 103 of the 107 surviving species threatened with extinction, mainly due to deforestation and hunting in Madagascar. Thirteen lemur species have been pushed to higher threat categories as a result of intensifying human pressures.

Where do lemurs live?

Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. Because of its geographic isolation, Madagascar is home to many amazing animals found nowhere else on Earth.

What is the lemur called in Madagascar?

The main lemurs are Julien the ring-tailed lemur, Maurice the aye-aye, and Mort the mouse lemur.

Is a sifaka a monkey?

All sifaka are lemurs, and all lemurs are prosimian primates — which, in a nutshell, means primates more primitive than monkeys — that are native only to the island of Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa. Coquerel’s sifaka live in the sparse remaining dry, deciduous forests of northwestern Madagascar.

Are sifakas endangered?

Not extinct
Sifakas/Extinction status

Is it illegal to hunt lemurs?

Species under threat These losses continue today as Madagascar’s species are increasingly under threat from habitat loss and poaching. While it has been illegal to kill or keep lemurs as pets since 1964, lemurs are hunted where they are not protected by local taboos (known as fady).

Do lemurs have 2 tongues?

But did you know lemurs have two tongues? Their second tongue is underneath and its a more rigid piece of cartilage which they used when grooming other lemurs in their group, it separates their fur and allows them to remove any unwanted items or indeed wanted items, such as insects to eat.

Why are there no lemurs in Africa today?

The conventional view is that lemurs arrived in Madagascar 40-50 million years ago, long after it became an island. Lemurs didn’t have any predators on the island, so they spread rapidly and evolved into many different species. This is why lemurs are now found only on the island and not all over Africa.