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Indri indri


CITES: Appendix II (What is CITES?)
IUCN Red List: I. indri: EN (What is Red List?)
Key: EN = Endangered
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Indri indri
Photo: Kevin Schafer

Indris have not been successfully kept in captivity, preventing captive breeding programs (Britt et al. 2002).


Threat: Human-Induced Habitat Loss and Degradation

As with many primates, the main threat to the survival of the indris is their loss of habitat, a process that is ongoing (Pollock 1984 cited in Mittermeier et al. 2006; Britt et al. 2002). This can be due to many causes, including slash-and-burn agriculture, selective logging, fuel wood acquisition, and logging (Pollock 1984 cited in Mittermeier et al. 2006; Powzyk & Thalmann 2003). Even if not clear-cut, fragmentation of habitats can isolate populations, as can roads and agriculture, profoundly altering their ecology and reproductive potential (Britt et al. 2002; Powzyk & Thalmann 2003).

Threat: Harvesting (hunting/gathering)

In some areas of the indri range, taboos exist against the hunting of the species (some stemming from its stump of a tail), although these are not applicable at all locations. Even in areas where taboos are present, immigration and selective adherence may permit some hunting to be taking place (Powzyk & Thalmann 2003; Mittermeier et al. 2006). Indris are therefore hunted for both meat and for their skins, often at high levels (Golden 2005 cited in Mittermeier et al. 2006).




Content last modified: July 1, 2010

Written by Kurt Gron. Reviewed by Joyce Powzyk.

Cite this page as:
Gron KJ. 2010 July 1. Primate Factsheets: Indri (Indri indri) Conservation . <>. Accessed 2017 May 27.