Indri Facts

Indri Facts
Indri is the largest type of lemurs. It can be found only in the Eastern parts of Madagascar. Indri lives in lowland jungles and rainforests. Indri is also known as babakoto among local people. Since these animals are highly adaptable to the arboreal life (life in the trees), they are very sensitive to deforestation. Unfortunately, large sections of Madagascar's forests have been already removed due to fast agricultural development. Scientists estimated that less than 10 000 indris are left in the wild. Indri is on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Indri Facts:
Indri can reach between 21 and 28 inches in length. Weight can vary from 13 to 21 pounds.
Color of the indri's coat matches with the environment and serves as a camouflage against predators. Indri can be completely brown or black, or covered with white and red patches.
Unlike other lemurs, indri has very short tail with less than 2 inches in length.
Indri has round ears and yellow eyes that are facing forward. Their fingers are very dexterous, which is important for the fast movement through dense vegetation.
Indri spends most of its life in the trees. It moves horizontally by jumping from one branch to another. Indri is able to leap a distance of 33 feet.
Indri is herbivore (plant-eating animal). It eats different types of leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds.
Indri is diurnal (active during the day) animal.
Indri lives in small, family groups, usually composed of 2 to 6 animals. Members of the group communicate using specific, high-pitched calls that can be heard up to 1.2 miles away. Indris are territorial animals which use urine to mark the borders of their territories.
Indris have highly developed sense of smell. They can detect urine markings and thus avoid confrontation with animals living on territory toward which they are approaching.
Unlike in other primates, females are dominant members of the group. They will eat first, while the males guard the territory.
Mating season takes place during the winter. Indris are monogamous species (one couple mate for a lifetime).
Pregnancy in females lasts 4 to 5 months and ends with one baby. Babies are born usually between May and June.
Young indris will spend first few months of their life attached to the belly of their mothers. Later, they will ride on their mothers' back. Young indris become independent from their mothers at age of 8 months. Despite being independent, they will remain with them until the age of 2 to 3 years.
Indris become sexually mature late in life (at age of 8 to 9) and reproduce every 2 to 3 years. This is the reason why number of indris in the wild cannot grow fast.
Average lifespan of indri in the wild is between 15 and 18 years. Indri cannot survive long time in captivity.

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