The Indris - The "Stars" of Andasibe
The Indris (called Babakoto in Malagasy) are the largest lemurs on Madagascar and grow up to 1 meter large. Andasibe is the best place to observe the indris throughout the year and listen to their piercing calls. Their peculiar cries penetrate the dense forest from early morning until midday. These lemurs live in small groups and can only be seen under very survive specific conditionsthat not many forests on the island can offer them. They need leaves from several dozens of different trees to be able to feed properly. It is impossible for this lemur species to adapt to other biotopes or even to survive in captivity. The survival of this species is unfortunately endangered by agricultural activities, deforestation and also by poachers.
Apart from the Indris live other 13 other lemur species in these forests. With a little luck you will meet a gray bamboo lemur, the diadem sifakas, brown lemurs, red mouse lemurs, black & white varis or even an aye-aye. The extraordinary animal diversity is home to another 15 species of mammals, more than 100 species of birds, 50 different reptiles, including the Madagascar giant chameleon with 70cm length, the Boa manditra, many leaf-tailed geckos and more than 80 amphibians represented in Andasibe. There are also a few local endemic fish in the small rivers and hundreds of insects, including some exceptionally large and colorful butterflies.