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Endangered Specie: Silky Sifaka

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Safriani Adnan

on 5 March 2013

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The Silky Sifaka Life History Why is this animal endangered? How many are left? What conservation efforts are underway? Reproduce System Intro The Silky Sifaka is one of the 25 most endangered species of today. Its one of the rarest mammals on earth, and listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Sit back and watch this presentation on the stunning and highly distinctive animal. What are they called? These animals aren't big because their total lengths are 93-105 cm, head-body lengths are 48-54 cm and tail lengths are 45-51 cm. They don't weigh much as a result to 5-6.5 kg. These species live in groups of two to nine individuals, which are lead by the females. They become sexually mature at around two to three and half years old, but some may though do not have their first offspring until they are six.They mate only on one day a year, which is at the beginning of a rainy season. Gestation is six months and generally a female only gives birth every two years. They primarily take place between November and January, and reproduce in June or July. They do not give birth to four or more babies, which is why its so little of them. Their only real predator are humans. Raptors used to be a big problem and sifakas still vocalize when they see or hear a buzzard. But ironically, the raptors that used to prey on them have became extinct. Other than that, they are fine with other organisms. Other than the fact that they reproduce so little, is one of the main cause of them being endangered. Many humans are the reason why they are decreasing, due to the fact that they hunt them. Habitat destruction, such as slash-and-burn agriculture, logging, and mining are other reasons why they are endangered. This specie was announced previously in the mid 90s, where scientist predicted that it was endangered. To this day, its still endangered. Its population size is estimated to be between 100 and 1,000 individuals. Though the number of mature individuals are to be less than 250. In my opinion, I think this is way to low for them to survive, when they are being attack by heartless humans. The Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, Marojejy National Park and the Anjanaharibe and Manandriana portions of the Makira Protected Area help this beautiful species maintain its reputation. The organization started an education program in the village with adults and children. They are also responsible to make the villagers feel concern for the animals by taking them out on three-day eco tours, so they can have emotional connections to the silky sifakas. It stated that by doing those things, it have really improved a lot since forever. By: Safriani Adnan Where do they live? The silky sifaka has a very small range in north-eastern Madagascar. It also extends from Marojejy in the north, to Makira and the Antainambalana River in the south. Their natural habitat are tropical, moist forest. They are most commonly encountered between 700 and 1,875 meters above sea level. Their scientific name is Propithecus Candidus, but other names their also called are 'angel of the forest' due to its creamy white fur. They begin their journey at dawn when mature and young leaves fruit and seeds. Those nutrients makes up 75 percent of silky sifaka's diet, while around 15 percent are flowers and the remainder comprises bark and soil. In order for them to survive, they have to be in a moist, warm area full of trees. With those types of plants, they are able to eat and live throughout their entire life. They are also found at a higher elevations than any of the other sifakas species. Predators Physical Featured and Diet Climate
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