Sunday, December 6, 2009

Silky Sifaka Facts and How You Can Save Them

 Silky sifaka males are gentlemen at meal time where it's "ladies first" when it comes to eating and silky sifakas definitely like variety in their diet, eating up to 76 different species of plants.

Silky sifakas are also very playful, even the adults have been observed playing for long periods. The same can't be said for mating though, silky sifakas are thought to only mate one day a year in either December or January, talk about a dry spell! Listen to a silky sifaka.

Why Silky Sifakas Need Our Help
Silky sifakas have the dubious honor as being one of the world's 25 most endangered primates. They are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN as there are only 100 -1000 left. Silky sifakas have never bred in captivity so it is crucial that their habitat be saved which is in political turmoil and has been further destroyed by slash and burn agriculture and logging. Further complicating matters is that silky sifakas are only found in a few areas in Madascar, have a low birth rate and are hunted for food. Source/more info: Silky Sifaka: Conservation and Research in Madascar.

Help Save Silky Sifakas

Silky sifaka photo courtesy of:  RachelinMadascar

If you like primates you might also like: Cute Monkey Pictures  Monkey Mountain in Germany and Observing Endangered Samango Monkeys in iSimangaliso Wetland Park.