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A world apart

Few people know that lemurs, endemic to Madagascar, are not monkeys. Rather, they’re a diverse primate group, united by their extraordinary sense of smell and agility in the treetops, says Mike Unwin
The indri is the largest of the lemurs.

You’re tramping a forest trail in Madagascar’s Périnet National Park, when a siren-like wail rises from the greenery ahead, stopping you in your tracks. It’s the territorial call of the indri, the largest lemur. Others join in, their unearthly lament piercing the dawn and drifting away across the canopy.

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