Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance logo
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library logo

Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) Fact Sheet: Population & Conservation Status

Population Status

Population size (Kun-Rodrigues et al. 2014, except as noted)

  • No global estimates
    • Minimal historic data
  • Ankarafantsika National Park
    • About 47,000 individuals (Kun-Rodgriguez et al. 2014)
    • Represents the largest forested area in northwestern Madagascar

Conservation Status

IUCN Status

  • Critically Endangered (2018 assessment) (Louis et al. 2020)
    • Habitat loss and hunting have led to population declines of 80% since the late 1980s
  • Historical listing
    • 2014 - Endangerd
    • 2008 - Endangered
    • 2000 - Endangered
    • 1996 - Endangered
    • 1990 - Vulnerable

CITES Status

Threats to Survival

Habitat loss (from Andriaholinirina et al. 2014)

  • Slash-and-burn practices conducted annually
    • Clears land for agriculture and livestock
  • Trees cut to produce charcoal
  • Limited species range exacerbates the threat

Hunted

  • Killed for food
    • Among most hunted/consumed vertebrates in Ankarafantsika National Park (Kun-Rodrigues et al. 2014)
    • Local taboo forbids hunting, though incoming ethnic groups have no such cultural restrictions (Haring 2012)

Management Actions

Populations within protected areas (Andriaholinirina et al. 2014)

  • Ankarafantsika National Park and the Bora Special Reserve
    • Experience threat from hunting and habitat degradation inside reserves

Needed actions

  • Incorporate further forest habitat under protected status
    • Anjiamanginana, Anjajavy, the Narinda Peninsula, and Mariarano
  • Community-based conservation action (Kun-Rodrigues et al. 2014)
    • Maintain forest connectivity
    • Implement alternatives to deforestation
      • Loss the result of charcoal production, logging, and grass fires
    • Reduce poaching
    • Enable long-term population monitoring

Coquerel's Sifaka

two sifakas in a tree

Little is known about the population size for Coquerel's sifaka in the wild.

Large population declines have occured over teh past 5 decades when an estimated 50% decline took place.

Image credit: © F. Vassen from Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Page Citations

Andriaholinirina et al. (2014)
Haring (2012)
Kun-Rodrigues et al. (2014)

SDZWA Library Links