Day 87 of #the100dayproject and my #realandendangered project. Today, let's look at the Silky sifaka, a lemur from a very small range in north-eastern Madagascar. More facts include: 1. Their nickname is ‘angel of the forest’ due to their white fur. 2. As they age, they lose skin pigmentation (which is why you can see some with pink faces). 3. They have a repertoire of seven adult calls. 4. Their diet consists of over 100 species of tree, vine and epiphytic/parasitic plants, feeding mainly on their leaves and seeds, but also on fruits, flowers and stems. 5. 45% of their day is spent chilling in the canopy or being social.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently lists them as "critically endangered" and also put the sifaka on their list of world's 25 most endangered primates. As of 2007, there are no animals held in captivity, which means all existing Silky sifakas are in the wild. Every threat also happens to be human-related: hunting (as this particular lemur is not considered taboo or "fady" to eat), slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, and a resurgence in illegal mining. Currently they fall in a few protected areas and are listed on the Appendix I of CITES. Efforts are currently aimed at ending hunting of this species, which includes awareness programs. There are also conservationists working to stop the destruction of the habitat, for example, by discouraging logging. However, time may be running out for this species. #enmlillustration #thesadhappy #digitalart