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PRIMATE SPECIES: Bushbaby



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Lesser Bushbaby
Photo courtesy DUPC

The proper name of this prosimian is Galago. There are six species of galago, ranging in size from 4 in. to 12 in. (not including tail). Bushbabies are tree dwellers, who get their name from the fact that their cries resemble that of human infants. These nocturnal animals spend the night hunting through the treetops for fruits, leaves, insects, and small animals.

Galagos are found in forests and savannas of Africa, from the Sahara Desert south almost to the southern tip of the continent. Galagos have a number of special characteristics which allow them to efficiently groom one another, including pointy teeth, a special tongue, and a long, curved claw on the second toe.

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