Indri : The critically endangered Singing Lemur

Indri
By Karen Coppock - uploaded from camera memory, CC BY 3.0, Link

The Indri is also called the babakato and is the largest Lemur, measuring up to a full 72 cm in length. It is known for it’s calls that can be heard for two to three miles and is considered as one of the noisiest Malagasy Lemurs. The sound carries because of a large voice box( laryngeal throat sac) and protruding lips that tend to blow the sound far away. It is quite melodious. Do listen.

The name “indri” means “Look there it is” in the Merina dialect of the highlands. ¬†As you can see in the video, this animal has black and cream fur although the hues vary locally.

The Indri is primarily listed as endangered because of habitat destruction due burning of forests to be replaced by agriculture. There are massive conservation efforts underway but the pressures of populations are immense.

As you can see on the right, the forest cover has gone down to 20% since 1960. The shredding of forests means that populations of all animals get secluded from each other resulting in more inbreeding. Such populations, when exposed to diseases can probably suffer local extinctions too.

Fortunately, for the Indri, it is taboo to hunt them. The local legends treat them as sacred and so there is a chance that this magnificent animal can survive in the wild.

 

 

 

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