Mountain Gorilla
February 13, 2016
Dwarf Galago
February 12, 2016
Scientific name:
Otolemur crassicaudatus
Identification:
Largest of the galagos, with large ears and eyes, dense and soft fur varying in colour from grey to grey - brown to almost black. Tail is long haired and bushy. On the ground rather cat - like, rump higher than shoulders and tail often held erect.
Habitat:
Preference for dense, dry woodland and riverline forest, montane forests up to 3500 metres above the sea level. Frequently in orchards, plantations and large, wooded gardens.
Behaviour:
Nocturnal, spending daylight hours in dense vegetation or self constructed leaf nests. Although they live in groups of 2 - 6 individuals, they forage alone and male sleep apart from females and offspring. Each group lives in a fixed and scent - demarcated home range. Spend more time foraging on ground than other galagos.
Food:
Mainly wild fruits and tree resin especially acacia, but also insects, other invertebrates, occasionally reptiles and birds.
Reproduction:
Usually 2 youngs rarely triplets, each waighing 50 - 70 g, born after 130 days gestation. Young are dropped just before start of rainy season.
Longevity:
14 years in captivity.