Unveiling The Secrets Of The Northern Greater Galago

Northern Greater Galago

In the vast and diverse animal kingdom, few creatures can captivate us like the Northern Greater Galago, also known as the Garnett’s Greater Galago, Garnett’s Galago, or the Small-eared Greater Galago. Binomially, they are called Otolemur Garnettii. 

Northern Greater Galagos are nocturnal creatures and arboreal primates (any mammal of the group includes monkeys, apes, humans, lemurs, lorises, etc.) endemic to Africa. With its large, soulful eyes and endearing appearance this small creature holds a special place in the hearts of wildlife enthusiasts and researchers. 

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Physical appearance

However, their coloration depends upon subspecies, as there are four subspecies of Northern Greater Galago are recognized.

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The Northern Greater Galagos have a large body size relative to other galagos. They have small ears with round heads and short wide snouts. They have 23 to 34 cm of head and body length and mass around 0.5 to 1 kg. 

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Northern Greater Galago displays a significant degree of sexual size dimorphism with males being larger than the females. 

The main cause of their size difference is bimaturism, where males have a longer period of growth than females and have an average of 19% greater body mass as compared to females.

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They do not inhabit the woodland savannah.

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The Northern Greater Galagos are found in coastal regions of East Africa ranging from Somalia to Tanzania. They can also be seen inland throughout the Kenyan highlands and on the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. 

One of the most astonishing traits of the Northern Greater Galago is its acrobatic capability.

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Equipped with elongated limbs, dexterous fingers, and a long bushy tail, this small and cute primate possesses a remarkable ability to leap and glide effortlessly through the treetops. 

Unlike other arboreal primates, Northern Greater Galago is a true nocturnal marvel.

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They sleep during the day, alone in trees, and emerge at night. Their oversized eyes are adapted to gather even the faintest glimmer of light, allowing them to navigate the complex world of the forest during the night with ease.

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Their diet consists of fruit and insects in a 50/50 mix. 

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Social Dynamics

Garnett’s Galagos spend much of their time as solitary creatures. They have been observed forming small family groups, consisting of a male, a female, and their offspring. You’d be surprised to know that they forage in their home range marked by urine and scent glands on their chest. 

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Female Northern Greater Galagos are dominant over males. 

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Both male and female Galagos do not have ranges that overlap with same-sex and same-aged Galagos. But males have territories that overlap with several females and follow females around. Females show more aggression toward transient individuals passing through their territory as compared to males. 

The Northern Greater Galagos are promiscuous in their sexual behavior and have only one offspring at a time. However, their habitat is highly affected by human interruption and deforestation, but we can conserve them by spreading awareness among people.

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