Moholi bushbaby

Latin Name
Galago moholi

Class
Mammals

Order
Primates

Description

These small primates have grayish/brown fur that is lighter on the limbs and trunk. Oversized ears are used to maintain contact with peers and detect predators. Huge eyes are surrounded by dark fur. Moholi bushbabies' long tails are used for balance as they scamper through the trees. Back legs, which are longer than the front legs, are ideal for vertical climbing and leaping.


 

Range

Southern Africa from Angola to Tanzania


Status

Stable. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages Moholi bushbaby populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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.



Bonus Content

Bushbaby at Lincoln Park Zoo

What Happens After Hours? 
Most animals end their day after the guests leave, hunkering down for a well-earned night of sleep. But what about the zoo’s nocturnal species? We shed light on the zoo at night.

 


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