Saturday, August 21, 2010

Indri Monkey

Indri is not the name of women like Indonesian women, but Indri is a kind of primate like a gorilla. Indri is an arboreal, lemurlike primate, Indri, formerly found in the rain forests along the eastern coast of Madagascar from sea level to mountain heights of nearly 1,800 m (6,000 ft) but now largely confined to a small area in the central coastal region. Its number are steadily dwinding due to habitat destruction (deforestation) by human.

Indri is a member of the family indriidae, which also contains three living species; the avahi, or wooly indri, Avahi, and two speicies of sifakas, Propithecus, all native to Madagascar. The indri stands about 70 cm (2.5 ft) tall and a stumpy tail. Its coat is dense and silky and variable in pattern but often is black on the head, shoulders, black, upper arms, front of the thighs, and hands and feet, and white, gray or pale red on the rump, the black of the legs, and the lower arms.

Indris are diurnal and feed on leaves, fruit, and flowers. They may live singly or more commonly, in small family groups of two to five individuals. It is thought that they produce a single young after a gestation period of about 60 days. The Indri has laryngeal air sac. or throat pouch, and is able to produce very loud doglike howls.

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