Significance to humans

Sifakas and indris are often protected from traditional hunting by "fadys" (taboos). Malagasies recognize the human qualities of their hands and faces and therefore do not kill them as they are considered spirits of the ancestors.

1. Female and infant indris (Indri indri); 2. Milne-Edwards's sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi); 3. Baboon lemur (Archeolemur edwardsi); 4. Eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger); 5. Greater sloth lemur (Palaeopropithecus ingens). (Illustration by Gillian Harris)

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