Dwarf Galago
February 12, 2016
Smoothhead Catfish
January 27, 2016
Scientific name:
Galago senegalensis
Identification:
Small size, long, well haired tail, and distintive, large, dark ringed eyes. Ears are large, rounded and thin. Coat fine, woolly and grey to grey - brown in colour. White under the chin, whith pale underparts sometimes tinged orange - brown.
Habitat:
Occurs in woodland savanna, especially where acacia trees are present. Penetrates into more open areas along wooded river courses.
Behaviour:
Nocturnal, mainly arboreal and living in family groups of 2 - 8 individuals. During the day groups sleep together in the leaf nests or tree holes, at night forage alone, although keeping contact with chattering calls. Each group defends a territory of about 3 ha and mark territory by urinating on underside of hands and feet.
Food:
Tree resin, some wild fruits, insects, other invertebrates and occasionally small birds and lizards. Type of food can vary from season to season.
Reproduction:
They reproduce 1 - 2 well developed young, weighing 9 - 12 g, born after 120 days gestation. Birth seasonal.
Longevity:
14 years in captivity.