The golden-crowned sifaka is a medium-sized lemur characterized by
mostly white fur, prominent furry ears and a golden-orange crown. It is
one of the smallest sifakas, weighing around 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) and
measuring approximately 90 cm (35 in) from head to tail. Like all
sifakas, it is a vertical clinger and leaper, and its diet includes
mostly seeds and leaves. The golden-crowned sifaka lives in groups of
around five to six individuals, with groups containing a balanced number
of adult males and females. Its binomial name, Propithecus tattersalli,
denotes its discoverer, Ian Tattersall, who first spotted it in 1974.
Found in gallery, deciduous, and semi-evergreen forest, its restricted
range includes forest fragments around the town of Daraina in northeast
Madagascar. Its estimated population is between 6,000 and
10,000 individuals. Forest fragmentation, habitat destruction,
poaching, slash-and-burn agriculture, and other human factors threaten
its existence, and it is listed by the IUCN Red List as Endangered.
Lawlessness resulting from the 2009 political coup in Madagascar led to
increased poaching of this species, and many were sold to local
restaurants as a delicacy.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
London's Tower Bridge (pictured), a combined bascule and
suspension bridge over the River Thames, opened.
A massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska
River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million
trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi).
Adolf Hitler violently purged members of the Sturmabteilung,
its leader Ernst Röhm, and other political rivals on the Night of the
Long Knives, executing at least 85 people.
A car bomb intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco killed seven
police and military officers near Palermo.
The Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft suffered an uncontrolled
decompression during preparations for reentry, killing cosmonauts
Vladislav Volkov, Georgiy Dobrovolskiy and Viktor Patsayev—the only
human deaths to occur in space.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
One who is unhappy, or extols being miserable as a virtue; a philosopher
Wikiquote quote of the day:
All was taken away from you: white dresses, wings, even
existence. Yet I believe you, messengers. There, where the world is
turned inside out, a heavy fabric embroidered with stars and beasts, you
stroll, inspecting the trustworthy seams.