say hi to Beby the Indri Lemur
This week we want to introduce you to our star from Madagascar: Beby, a blue-eyed mama lemur, living with her family of five in the rainforest.
Her species, the Indri, is famous for its song, and Beby begins her day by singing louder and longer than her family members. Together, they search the forest for delicious leaves to eat, until it’s time to find a safe place to sleep. Because the critically endangered lemurs desperately need protection from hunting, one of our partners - Conservation International, is working with schools to help build a strong community of lemur advocates.
DID you know...
There are approximately 100 species of lemurs, which are primates endemic to (found only on) the island nation of Madagascar.
The indri is the largest species of lemur, but it can hop from tree to tree quite gracefully.
Indris never come to the ground. They eat, sleep and socialize in the mid canopy layer of forest trees.
Indris are monogamous and territorial, and their famous song serves as communication with family members and other groups.
Lemurs are considered the most endangered of all mammals, facing pressure from hunting and habitat loss.
Where Beby lives
The Ankeniheny-Zahamena corridor is a treasured rainforest in eastern Madagascar and home to a rich diversity of species. Over 2,000 species of plants, 129 species of amphibians, 89 species of birds, and 15 species of lemur rely on this habitat for survival.
Buy photo film and support lemurs like Beby
Indris and other lemurs are critically endangered due to logging and hunting. Working with local communities to develop alternative sources of food and income is critical to protecting lemurs like Beby and her family. Your in-app purchases in Safari Central go directly towards our conservation partners, such as Conservation International, who will use it for a community-based forest protection program, which benefits both people and lemurs. Villagers train and work to collect scientific data, destroy lemur traps, contribute their knowledge and perspectives to conservation planning, and patrol the forest to protect it from illegal activity. Meanwhile, school children are engaged to become lemur advocates for life.