Meet The Cute And Curious Bush Baby

Bush Baby

The Bush Baby, also known as the Galago, are tiny creature found in the forests and woodlands of Africa. Another name for Galagos is “Nagapies” in Afrikaans language, meaning “night monkeys”, because they are nocturnal. There are more than 20 species of Galago known in the wild. Let’s grab some more interesting facts about the Bush Baby or Galago. 

Appearance and Features

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Galagos are small primates with a body length of about 5 to 16 inches, excluding their large tail. They have large eyes that enable them to see at night, strong hind limbs, large ears for great hearing abilities, and long tails that help them balance. Their body is covered in dense fur ranging from gray to brown which helps them blend in with the trees where they live. 

Their bat-like ears allow them to track the prey and can be folded while resting or protecting themselves. 

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Bush Babies’ diet is a mixture of insects and other small animals, fruits, vegetables, and tree gums. 

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Habitat and Distribution

Bush Babies are mainly found in the forests and woodlands of Africa. They can be spotted in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and many others. They are agile and quick and can catch insects from the ground or snatch them out of the air. 

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Mostly they prefer to dwell in dense vegetation so that they can hide themselves from predators and get abundant food and insects to eat. 

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Reproduction Cycle and Parenting

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Galagos give birth to babies (single, twins, or triplets) after a gestation period of 110 to 133 days. The young bush babies are born with half-closed eyes and are unable to move independently for a few days. The mother carries the infant in her mouth and places it on a branch while feeding. They feed their babies for around six weeks and become very aggressive to protect their babies.

As they grow, the young Bush Babies become more independent and start exploring their surroundings. 

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Bush Babies as pets

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Bush Babies are not advised to keep them as pets because they are likely to be the sources of disease that can cross species barriers. They are generally solitary creatures and prefer to live alone. They might get irritated and aggressive if you tease them. 

Galagos or Bush Babies are not currently considered a threatened species and are even one of the most successful primates in terms of variety of species and population. However, habitat destruction and illegal pet trade are potential threats to their population. It is important for us to protect their natural habitat and promote conservation efforts to ensure their survival in the wild. 

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