Propithecus is a genus of diurnal lemurs in the family Indriidae commonly known as sifakas (shi-fok), named for the sound of their calls. They’re herbivorous, eating leaves, flowers, and fruit. Sifakas are arboreal animals, hopping from tree to tree, and are remarkably agile and precise with their leaps. When they aren’t foraging, social groups of up to thirteen individuals sit together sun bathing and grooming one another with their specialized tooth-combs. These social groups are territorial and disputes often lead to the death of males and infanticide. Despite the aggression, they usually tolerate some territorial overlap, and don’t mind sharing territories with other lemur species.
All members of the genus are threatened with extinction.
Members of Propithecus: