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Verreaux’s Sifaka

Verreaux’s Sifaka, Propithecus verreauxi, is a medium-sized primate in the lemur family Indriidae. It lives in Madagascar and can be found in a variety of habitats from rain forest to western Madagascar dry deciduous forests and dry and spiny forests.

The fur is thick and silky and generally white with brown on the sides, top of the head, and on the arms. Like all sifakas, it has a long tail that it uses as a balance when leaping from tree to tree. However, its body is so highly adapted to an arboreal existence that on the ground its only means of locomotion is hopping. The species lives in small troops and forages for food in the morning and late afternoon, resting during the hottest part of the day.

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