Indri Lemur

Scientific name: Indri indri

Conservation status:critically-endanered

Life expectancy: 15-18 years in the wild

Gestation period: 120-150 days


Lifestyle and Location:

  • The Indri lemur is a herbivore and its diet consists of young leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers.
  • It lives in the Madagascan forests only, like every other lemur species.
  • The Indri becomes fully independent from the mother after 2 years and the female will only have offspring every 2 or 3 years.
  • The females are dominant in groups of 2-6 lemurs.
  • Their ‘wailing’ call can be heard from up to 2 km away in the undergrowth.
  • Their predators are Fossa, hawks and snakes.


This lemur has the largest body being 21-28 inches and weighing 6kg-9.5kg but has a very short tail of 2 inches. They have black faces without fur on them and large greenish eyes, round fuzzy ears and mostly black silky fur over the rest of their body with white patches along the limbs. Southern populations of the Indri tend to be whiter and Nrthern populations are usually a little darker with more black.

Joss‘s Facts

  • Only living lemur with a very short tail of 2 inches.
  • Can leap up to 33 feet!
  • Females are dominant in groups of around 2-6 lemurs.
  • On average they move 300-700meters daily searching for fruit.
  • Feeding takes up around 40% of their day.