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Meet the Indri Indri, the largest Lemur (Endemic to Madagascar)

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Indri Indri Madagascar Expedition Safari Tour

The marvelous Indris are a large species of Lemur -in fact, the biggest Lemur of them all, and like all Lemurs, they are believed to have come to the island of Madagascar from Africa around 50 million years ago.

Since there were no other primates to compete with, Lemurs soon adapted to live in a variety of habitats, producing a diverse range of species. Let’s remember that Madagascar holds the world record of endemic species, with 90% of the flora and fauna existing only in the Island.

Indri Indri Lemurs are arboreal animals meaning that they spend the majority of their lives eating, sleeping and mating high up in the trees.

As we already mentioned, Indris are the largest of all living Lemur species today. Their average height tends to be between 23 to 32 inches tall (Some recorded specimens reached over 40 inches!) a have a tail of just 1 to 2 inches (this is one of the main differences with all other Lemurs, which have tails that are around the same length as their bodies). The Indri has a beautiful dense coat of silky black fur with a varying number of white patches, depending on the geographic region (they tend to be darker in the northern parts of the Island). Their long hind legs aid them in leaping up to 33 foot between vertical branches in the forest!

The Indri is a social animal, living in small family units of between 2 to 6 individuals; that consist of a male and female pair with their young. They are unique among primates because it is the females who are the dominant ones.

Indri Indri Madagascar Expedition Safari Tour

Lemurs communicate through a series of eerie wailing calls both to unite families and also to mark their territory, which can be heard up to 1,2 miles away. They also have an excellent sense of smell that gives them the possibility to avoid confrontation with predators.

Female Indris reach sexual maturity at around 8 or 9 years old, and they have one baby each 2 or 3 years. The Indri infant clings onto the belly of it’s mother for the first few months of life when it then moves to her back. They get independent at the age of 8 months but usually remain with their mother until they are 2 or 3 years old.

Although adult Indris have been known to get well into their twenties, most live for 15 to 18 years.

The Indri is a herbivorous and diurnal animal, meaning that it spends most of its life looking for food during the daytime. Their diet is based on 32 species of leaves along with fruits, seeds, and flowers.

Although the exact number of Indris inhabiting Madagascar today is unknown, there are those who estimate the population at 10,000 individuals left in the wild. Other estimates are more concerning, claiming that there may be as few as 1,000 specimens left only. They are listed as an endangered species.

Indri Indri Madagascar Expedition Safari Tour

Despite the last, the Indri Indris are easily found at the Andasibe National Park, just three hours away from Antananarivo. During the New Paths Expeditions Wild Madagascar Expedition, we go on Lemur Safaris every day, and of course, we spend time looking for the Indri Indri. During our ten years exploring the Island of endemics, all our groups have been successful in observing this species in the wild. One can never forget the excitement generated by photographing Indris, and listening to their amazing, strong calls.

A journey through Madagascar is all about intimate encounters with wildlife, such as the Indri Indri. If you love wildlife and world exploration, we invite you to join us on a virtual exploration of the Islands of Endemics.

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Magellanic Penguins from Patagonia May be the Most Loyal Species

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Magellanic Penguin couple looking at the sunset after a very active day. © Jorge Salas-New Paths Expeditions

The discoveries come following a 30-year investigation where specialists tagged 50,000 individuals.

Scientists also observed the “divorce” of couples, and findings suggest that the cause may be the inability to produce offspring. In such cases, Penguins looked for new life partners. Others believe that personality incompatibility may also be a cause.

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Magellanic Penguin © Jorge Salas-New Paths Expeditions

An important finding of this research is the life span of the relationship of individual couples. Beforehand penguin relationships were supposed to last only ten years. The main finding of the recent research is a couple whom relation lasted over 16 years. These makes Magellanic Penguin the most loyal wild species.

Every year Magellanic Penguins depart on solo journeys of 200 000 miles. When southern summer arrives, they return to their nest. They find each other by the use of a unique call. The researchers utilized satellite following to distinguish the developments of the feathered creatures, demonstrating the extraordinary voyages, up to 2000 000 miles, that they take every winter up north, to the hotter waters of Brazil in the Atlantic, and Peru in the Pacific Ocean.

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Magellanic Penguin © Jorge Salas-New Paths Expeditions

In the wake of rejoining and mating, the female typically lays two eggs. Couple members will alternate to guard the eggs while the other goes to the ocean to fish.

After they incubate, the parents spend a month tending to their young before taking off to their wintering territory.

Patagonia, a territory divided between Chile and Argentina, have the biggest population, with 1 700 000 estimated nests.

It is important to mention that their numbers have declined since the turn of the century because of oil contamination and falling fish numbers.

Other species that mate for life include Albatrosses, Vultures, and Angelfish.

New Paths Expeditions explores Southern Patagonia in detail with its Epic Patagonia Expedition. An award-winning itinerary that includes Megallanic Penguin colony visits during nesting time.

The expedition crosses Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins and interact with Argentinian Gauchos and then boards the Estella Australis ship and navigate the Beagle Channel to Cape Horn. Then sails the fjords of the Darwin Mountain Range and the Straight of Magellan to Punta Arenas, from where you drive to Torres del Paine National Park and lodge for four nights at the upscale Explora hotel, the best location in the park for a complete exploration of its highlights and hidden treasures. Horseback riding, trekking, birdwatching, puma search and many other activities are included. Open bar during the Australis Navigation and while at Explora hotel. Extensions to Easter Island, El Calafate, Perito Moreno, El Chalten, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires are available.

Learn more about
Magellanic Penguins from Patagonia
with New Paths Expeditions

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The very best included: Explora Hotel Patagonia

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The award winning Explora Hotel Patagonia is the only property located right at the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. This is why we selected this all-inclusive and upscale property to spend 4-nights during the Epic Patagonia Expedition. You can’t beat its location, services and vistas. Check the view from your room! (We guarantee mountain view rooms). Any other hotel will force lengthy drives every day to explore Torres del Paine National Park.

About the Expedition:

The Epic Patagonia Expedition explores Easter Island (Pre Extension), crosses Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins and interact with Gauchos, navigates to Cape Horn through the Beagle Channel, Darwin Range and the Straight of Magellan before reaching Torres del Paine, the most beautiful place on Earth (4 nights at Explora Hotel Patagonia). It then continues to Perito Moreno, the most active glacier of the world. All this at an unbeatable price while escorted by a true Senior Leader with more than 100 expeditions in Patagonia. Departs in March, the month with the best weather, the ideal amount of daylight hours and perfect colors for photography.  Don’t miss it. Only 12 participants. Call us now at 888 832 7280.