Coquerel’s Sifaka, Propithecus coquereli, occupies a small coastal region in Madagascar’s north. It’s striking maroon, white, and black colors make it a crowd favorite.
This sifaka (pronounced “she-FAHK”) is the first exhibit when you enter the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar exhibit. On my first visit, they were sitting wholly out of sight. But on subsequent trips, they have usually been visible, occasionally even active and jumping around.
Its face is naked and black, but the bridge of the nose white; the ears showing as black points amid the white hair. The head and back of neck are white; outer side of the arm is dark maroon-red, the lower border fringed with long white hair. The same maroon on the upper thighs, lighter on the chest and central part of the belly. Hands white; tail rusty-grey.