Help Save the Silky Sifaka 


All Photographs by Kevin Schafer



The critically endangered Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus), is one of the rarest primates in the world and the flagship species of Marojejy National Park -- itself part of a newly-inaugurated World Heritage Site, perhaps the most biologically diverse area in Madagascar.  No one know exactly how many sifakas are left : estimates range from 100 to 1000.  Whatever the number, they inhabit a limited area of habitat - one increasingly under pressure from hunting and illegal logging. 


Silky Sifakas and Erik Patel are profiled in the April 2010 issue of Smithsonian Magazine



The forested slopes of Marojejy where Silkies live are steep, rugged, and spectacular.   But this ruggedness makes much of the area difficult to manage and protect.  



Playing on the ground : social behaviour never before photographed.



Some Silkies show an unexplained lack of face pigmentation


Sifaka Researcher Erik Patel, who has climbed these steep slopes for 8 years, and worked tirelessly for their protection


Sifakas are champion leapers, bouncing through the forest canopy


Protected Rosewood tree cut down...inside Marojejy National Park


For more information about how you can observe wild silky sifakas and help support silky sifaka conservation and research contact:

Erik R. Patel
PhD Candidate, Cornell University

Eric Mathieu