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Picture of the week (No.4): Lemur in Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka).              Share

Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture and shows it here. Coquerel's sifaka, a lemur belonging to the family of the Indriids, is the topic of the fourth photo in this series. It is an endangered species, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.

 Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka)
Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka) in Madagascar.

Fifth largest island in the world, Madagascar is located south of the Equator in the Indian ocean, about 400 km (250 mi) west off the coast of Mozambique. By plane, the island is approximately 1h30 away from the island of Réunion and 1h45 from Mauritius. Independent since June 1960, the country was often handicapped by its political instability. It is one of the 50 least developed countries in the world. It is part of the Francophonie. Its population, made up of 18 ethnic groups, is constantly growing and is estimated currently at 24 million inhabitants, 45% of which are less than 15 years old. Antananarivo is the political, economic and cultural capital of the country. The ariary is the currency of the country since 2003.

As for tourism, Madagascar has many great attractions, in particular its exceptional biodiversity which results from the fact that Madagascar broke away from the African continent millions of years ago and has evolved on its own. Madagascar is home to a large amount of endemic species of plants (including six species of baobabs) and animals (including various species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians as well as 100 species or subspecies of primates like the lemurs) that attract researchers and enthusiasts from the whole world.

In addition, Madagascar has a rich cultural heritage, several beautiful beaches (including some virgin ones) and various opportunities of outdoor activities (hiking, motorbike tours, diving, and more).

The country has three sites which are part of the world heritage recognized by the UNESCO: two natural sites (the rainforests of the Atsinanana and the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve) and a cultural site (the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga). Vanilla, pepper and lychees are some of the Malagasy products which are appreciated all over the world.

Lemurs are endemic primates to Madagascar. They consist of about 100 species still alive that can be grouped into 4 large families: the Lemurids, the sportive lemurs (also known as Lepilemurs), the Cheirogaleids and the Indriids. Depending on the species, the size of the lemurs is highly variable, ranging from the smallest primates in the world to others lemurs which are among the largest primates. Most species are diurnal, others are nocturnal. Like men, lemurs have hands with 4 fingers and a thumb. They have nails and no claws.

Coquerel's sifaka is one of the species of lemurs belonging to the family of the Indriids. It is medium-sized and has strong rear legs. It is herbivorous, eating leaves, flowers, fruit, bark and buds. It is a diurnal animal. It has an upright posture.

See pictures from various species of lemurs and read more information (currently in French only). Click each photo below:


Diademed sifaka


Indri indri


Rufous brown lemur


Black-and-white ruffed lemur


Gray bamboo lemur


Lemur Catta


White Sifaka


Eastern woolly lemur


The author of the picture: the photos above belong to Willgoto.

See also:
Picture of the week 1: Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. It is endemic to Cuba.
Picture of the week 2: Pagoda of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Picture of the week 3: Seychelles beach. Seychelles is a perfect destination for a dream holiday.
Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.

Picture of the week 6: The bull shark and the tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans.

See  all our "Pictures of the week".


 

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Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture. Coquerel's sifaka, a lemur belonging to the family of the Indriids, is the topic of the fourth photo in this series. It is an endangered species, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.