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Moholi Bushbaby Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Galago moholi
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Primates
  • Range

    Southern Africa from Angola to Tanzania

  • Habitat

    Moholi bushbabies occupy woodlands, forests and the edges of such wooded areas, spending time at all levels of the forest.

  • Niche

    Stable Moholi bushbabies live in small family groups. Females and their young form the core of these social groups. Juvenile males leave their natal group to find a new group. They are nocturnal creatures, spending much of the day sleeping. They aggressively defend their territory from other bushbabies. They are preyed on by large birds, snakes, mongooses, civets and genets. They protect themselves from predation by nesting in tree holes, mobbing up to use numbers to their advantage and being active at night.

  • Life History

    Moholi bushbabies have a polygynous mating system in which dominant males breed females within surrounding territories. There are two mating seasons each year, resulting in winter and fall births. Females build nests or take over abandoned bird nests in which to birth and rear offspring. Young, born with fur and open eyes, are weaned after three months when they begin catching insects. They reach sexual maturity at 10 months.

  • Special Adaptations

    They also communicate non-verbally with "urine washing," in which they douse their hands and feet and mark their territory. | Moholi bushbabies will allogroom within the family to reinforce social bonds. | Moholi bushbabies use loud calls to communicate over long distances. When threatened by a predator, they will mob up to defend themselves.

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