The Indri is a member of the monkey family that lives on the island of Madagascar. It has long been considered an ancestor to humans. Now, they are in danger of extinction as forests disappear from slash-and-burn farming.
Body length: 60-67cm
Tail length: 4-5cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
They live only on Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean east of the African continent.
The Indri eats tree leaves, sprouts, flowers, and fruits. Sometimes they also come down from their trees and eat the soil.
The Indri has a loud cry that can be heard three kilometers away. Their loud cry alerts other packs of their territory.
An animal respected as an ancestor to humans
The Indri is a member of the monkey family that lives only on the island of Madagascar. In Madagascar, the Indiri has been regarded as an ancestor to humans. Therefore, they are considered a holy animal not to be targeted in a hunting game. In spite of this, the Indri population has been greatly reduced over the last several decades. While some hunting took place when outsiders came to the island, the main cause lies elsewhere. It is farming that creates problems for the Indri.
Lots of forests were burnt down...
Slash-and-burn farming has been in practice on Madagascar's thin layer of soil since long ago. Once burnt, it takes years for the forests to recover. This was not a problem when the human population was low. Now that the population has boomed, the Indri has lost its home as people burn down forests one right after the other. Even if we can increase their number by artificial breeding, the Indri has nowhere to return. We need to recover the forests if we want to save this animal.
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