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The Indri

The Indri, also known as the Babakoto, is a large, black and white lemur endemic to Madagascar. It is the largest lemur species and can reach up to 2.5 feet in length and weigh up to 20 pounds. The Indri has a round head with large, bright yellow eyes and a long snout. It has strong hind legs, which enable it to leap with incredible agility from tree to tree. Its fur is black on the back and limbs, while the head, throat, and chest are a striking white. Known for its distinctive loud song, the Indri is highly vocal and communicates with other indris by emitting eerie, whale-like calls that can be heard as far as 1.2 miles away.

Indri - Animal Matchup
Indri
SizeUp to 70 cm (27.5 in)
WeightUp to 9 kg (20 lbs)
Speed20 mph (32 km/h)
Key StrengthN/A (Non-aggressive)
Biggest WeaknessN/A (Non-aggressive)
Scientific NameIndri indri
FamilyIndridae
HabitatRainforests
GeographyMadagascar
DietHerbivorous
Lifespan18 years - 20 years
Indri - Animal Matchup

The Indri

The Indri, also known as the Babakoto, is a large, black and white lemur endemic to Madagascar. It is the largest lemur species and can reach up to 2.5 feet in length and weigh up to 20 pounds. The Indri has a round head with large, bright yellow eyes and a long snout. It has strong hind legs, which enable it to leap with incredible agility from tree to tree. Its fur is black on the back and limbs, while the head, throat, and chest are a striking white. Known for its distinctive loud song, the Indri is highly vocal and communicates with other indris by emitting eerie, whale-like calls that can be heard as far as 1.2 miles away.

Fun Fact: The Indri is unique among lemurs as it has a specialized toothcomb on its lower jaw, similar to other primates, which it uses to groom its long, silky fur.

Indri
SizeUp to 70 cm (27.5 in)
WeightUp to 9 kg (20 lbs)
Speed20 mph (32 km/h)
Key StrengthN/A (Non-aggressive)
Biggest WeaknessN/A (Non-aggressive)
Scientific NameIndri indri
FamilyIndridae
HabitatRainforests
GeographyMadagascar
DietHerbivorous
Lifespan18 years - 20 years

Indri Matchups

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Indri: Diet, Predators, Aggression, and Defensive Behaviors

What do Indri eat?

Indris are herbivores with a predominantly folivorous diet. The majority of their diet consists of leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds from a wide variety of tree species. However, they also consume bark, stems, and occasionally mushrooms or other types of vegetation. Their feeding habits are characterized by an incredibly specialized digestive system that allows them to efficiently extract nutrients from the fibrous plant material they consume.

Do Indri have any predators?

Indris do not have many natural predators due to their large size and arboreal lifestyle. One of their main threats comes from the fossa, a carnivorous mammal native to Madagascar. Fossas are agile climbers and ambush predators that occasionally prey on Indris, especially young or weakened individuals. Although not a typical predator, raptors such as eagles and hawks may pose a threat to younger Indris if they are not protected by their parents.

Are Indris aggressive?

Indris are generally not aggressive animals. They are known for their calm and docile nature, often characterized by their peaceful behavior. However, during territorial disputes or when feeling threatened, they may display aggressive behaviors. These aggressive displays typically involve loud vocalizations, known as "singing duets," to establish their presence and communicate with other Indris rather than physical altercations.

How do Indris defend themselves?

When faced with potential threats or predators, Indris rely on several defense mechanisms to protect themselves. One of their primary means of defense is their incredibly loud and long-lasting vocalizations. They produce loud, distinctive, and haunting calls that can be heard for kilometers around, serving as a warning to predators and deterring them from approaching. Additionally, their arboreal lifestyle enables them to retreat to tall trees where they are difficult to reach, using their strong limbs and dexterous hands to move swiftly through the trees, further avoiding confrontations.

Fun Fact: Unlike other lemurs, the Indri does not have a tail, making it more similar in appearance to other primates, such as monkeys and apes.

Fun Fact: Indris live in small family groups, consisting of a breeding pair and their offspring. These groups defend their territories by marking tree trunks with scent glands located on their throats to deter other groups from intruding.

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