Word Archaeology: babakoto

Commonly known as an indri, the babakoto is among the largest lemurs, with a length of about 25-28 inches and weight up to 21 pounds. It’s quite vocal, living in small family groups, and has a black and white coat. The animal is native to Madagascar and is revered by the Malagasy people. According to National Geographic, legends describe the indri as “father of mankind”. This image is based on a story in which the babakoto rescued a young boy who climbed a tree to gather honey, but couldn’t get back down because someone cut the vines.

The indri is critically endangered, and hunting the animal has been deemed a severe taboo.

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