This diurnal lemur begins its day at dawn when it commences foraging (2). Mature and young leaves (7), fruit and seeds make up 75 percent of the silky sifaka’s diet, while around 15 percent is flowers and the remainder comprises bark and soil (2). When not feeding or searching for food, the silky sifaka can be found resting in the forest canopy (around 45 percent of the day is spent in this manner), or socially interacting with other members of the group (2).
The silky sifaka lives in groups of two to nine individuals (7); smaller groups consist of an adult pair with their offspring, while larger groups may contain more than one breeding pair (2). Led by the females, a group travels approximately 700 metres each day, around a home range measuring up to 44 hectares (2). Mating primarily takes place between November and January and the young is born in June or July. Initially, the tiny infant will cling to the mother’s belly and later will ride on her back as she travels through the forest (2). Indicating the strong bonds within silky sifaka groups, other group members, not just the mother, have been observed taking part in the infant’s care, through carrying, nursing, grooming and playing (2).