A Bouncing Bushbaby

There’s an active new arrival beneath the baobab tree at Regenstein Small Mammal–Reptile House: a baby Moholi bushbaby.

The baby Moholi bushbaby at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House.

The baby Moholi bushbaby at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House.

The little one arrived in January, but it’s only recently emerged from the den to explore its exhibit with mom and dad. Unlike most primates, bushbaby parents don’t carry their offspring. Instead, they leave the babies in a nest until they’re mobile enough to follow the adults through the treetops.

A nocturnal species native to southern Africa, bushbabies live in small family groups in the wild. They feed primarily on insects and fruits, defending their territory from other members of their species.

The bushbaby family at Regenstein Small Mammal–Reptile House doesn’t have any territorial concerns. But they’re still extremely active climbing and playing in their zoo home, especially with their new baby.

Of course, another zoo baby remains at the forefront of our minds. Baby gorilla Nayembi continues to receive around-the-clock care at the zoo’s C.H. “Doc” Searle, M.D. Animal Hospital. She’s getting plenty of play—and healing—in every day. We’ll have another update on her soon.

Kevin Bell

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