Fossa radar, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar
Closeup of the large ears of a Verreaux's sifaka, scanning the forest. Unlike smaller lemurs, this species does not have to fear from Owls as a major predator. Instead, it's main natural predator is the Fossa:
The Fossa is often portrayed as a lemur hunting specialist. Which is true, but not because they prefer lemurs. A Fossa hunts anything and will take the largest prey it can handle, including lemurs as large as themselves. Lemurs are simply the largest prey available in Madagascar for the Fossa.
Verreaux's sifaka, or the white sifaka, is a medium sized primate in one of the lemur families, Indriidae. It lives in Madagascar and can be found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to western Madagascar dry deciduous forests and dry and spiny forests. The fur is thick and silky and generally white with brown on the sides, top of the head, and on the arms. Like all sifakas, it has a long tail that it uses as a balance when leaping from tree to tree. However, its body is so highly adapted to.. more