Today I want to write about one of the most beautiful and most endangered primates in the world, the indri.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful lemurs grow to about 72 cm tall, making them the largest lemurs in the world. Most other lemurs have very long tails, but these guys only have a short stump for a tail.
- Indris have very powerful legs which help them to jump up to 10 metres from tree to tree high up in the forest canopy. Their legs are so long that they can’t walk on all fours, so they skip sideways on their two hind legs.
- They are very loud and have very unique songs. Adult indris go to the top of a tree so that their call can be heard from up to 3 km away.
- Indris live in small groups and mate for life. They don’t reach maturity until the age of 7-9 and only breed every 2-3 years, which makes it hard for their numbers to increase.
- Found only in rainforests on the eastern side of the island of Madagascar, they are critically endangered due to habitat loss and hunting. They have never been bred in captivity and are slow breeders in the wild which makes it difficult for their numbers to recover.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about indris?