‘The biggest living lemurs are indri or babakoto, Indri indri. They weigh only about 8-10kg, the size of a 2 year old child, but they can leap as far as 10 meters! Even when they are not trying very hard they can leap 2 meters from a standing start…
Jumping lets indri move between the vertical trunks of small trees that grow in the eastern Madagascar rainforest, on hillsides far above sea level. Indri live in families with a mother,father, and children. They defend their territories and guard their food by singing at other families. Indri only have a child every two or three years. The children stay with their parents until they are about 6 years old and ready to start families of their own’
quote from: Dr. Alison Jolly, No Song The Indri, part of the AKO Project. CLICK HERE for more information about the AKO project.
No Song The Indri is a children’s story written and illustrated to help teach Malagasy children, and children everywhere conservation and the importance of the environment and ecosystems. Indri are classified as Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List. Principle threats to their survival are from poor agricultural practices, hunting, and deforestation.
CLICK HERE for an audio recording of indri lemurs’ vocalization. The MacaulayLibrary at Cornell University hosts a sound library with some astonishing and rare sounds from the wild.