Indri in a tree


Indris are endangered, tree-dwelling lemurs native to Madagascar. They're known locally as babakotos, which means 'man of the forest' or 'little father' and unlike other lemurs, only have a short stumpy tail. The largest of the living lemurs can climb trees with ease, using their powerful legs to jump through the canopy in leaps of over 10 metres. Indris produce loud territorial calls that can be heard from over 1km away.

Scientific name: Indri indri

Rank: Species

Common names:


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Map showing the distribution of the Indri taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Indri can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Indri distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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