Thursday, 17 May 2018

Dancing Sifakas

A sifaka is a type of lemur (there are less than 10 species of sifaka in Madagascar). This is the Coquerel's Sifaka.

One of its characteristics is that, when it moves on the ground, it doesn't run, it sort of bounces sideways - which is why it's called a 'dancing sifaka'.

It's an amazing gait to watch, and quite hilarious because it's so odd to see but make no mistake; when it moves on the ground, it goes very quickly and is usually back in a tree in three or four bounds. It can jump up to 6 metres from one branch to another with uncanny accuracy.

Cute to look at, the Coquerel's Sifaka, like all lemurs, is incredibly agile in its native habitat.

Take off
A sifaka launches sideways to get to the next tree
Very hard to capture in a single shot, this sifaka looks as if he's running away from the camera but in fact he was bouncing rapidly from left to right.
I was laughing so much at the crazy gait, I had a hard time to keep the little guy in sharp focus.

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