any of nine species of leaping arboreal lemurs found in coastal forests of Madagascar. Sifakas are about 1 metre (3.3 feet) long, roughly half the length being tail. They have a small head, large eyes, and large ears that in most species are partially hidden in their long silky fur. Colour varies both within and between species but is usually white with darker markings. Vegetarian and active during the day, sifakas live in small family groups; females are dominant to males. Sifakas cling vertically to upright stems and tree trunks and sit in forked tree branches; they move by springing as far as 9-10 m (30-33 feet) from tree to tree. One young, usually, is born after about five months' gestation.
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