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.|
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.