A World of Wonder
Diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema diadema)
Mantadi’ National Park, Madagascar
The outlook in the wild for the Diademed sifaka – a large diurnal lemur with a lustrous, silky coat – is grim, because its habitat of primary forests is being cleared to make way for agriculture, the extraction of timber, and charcoal production. Logging operations provide easy access for both settlers and hunters, who find the conspicuous, brightly coloured sifakas easy prey. The Madagascar government has long had laws to protect its lemurs but the fines are hard to enforce. In the remote jungle, poaching by villagers usually goes undetected.