CITES: Appendix II
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IUCN Red List: I. indri: EN
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Key: EN = Endangered
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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).
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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 . <http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/indri/cons>. Accessed 2015 February 28.