Today I want to write about a cute little primate, Demidoff’s dwarf galago.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These guys are the smallest member of the galago (also known as bushbaby) family and one of the smallest primates in the world, with a body that measures just 12 cm long. They are named after Pavel Grigoryevich Demidov, a famous Russian who started museums and universities in Moscow, dedicating a lot of resources to science and zoology.
- Demidoff’s dwarf galagos are nocturnal. They have large eyes to see in the dark, and large ears which can move independently so that they can hear potential predators and prey all around them.
- They mainly eat insects, especially small beetles, moths and caterpillars, but also eat some fruit and tree gum.
- Males are very territorial and live by themselves, whilst females can live together in small groups with their young. They give birth to once every year and the babies are fully grown at 6 months of age.
- Demidoff’s dwarf galagos are found in the forests of west and central Africa from Senegal to Tanzania. They are quite common throughout their range and are not considered in danger of extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Demidoff’s dwarf galagos?