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Moholi Bushbaby

Galago moholi

The Moholi bushbaby is a small tree-dwelling primate from the savannah woodlands of South Africa. As nocturnal mammals, they spend most of the day in groups sleeping. When they aren’t sleeping, you can find them jumping from tree to tree for food alone at night!

Range & Habitat

In the Wild: Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from East Sengal to Somalia and South Africa. Found in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mocambique, Transvaal and Swaziland.

At the Zoo: Adaptations of Animals

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Suffering from threats of habitat loss, predation by larger owls, snakes, servals and wild cats, pet trade and bushmeat trade in small numbers.

Diet

In the Wild: insects, fruits, local greens and gum from trees

At the Zoo: fruit, insects and assorted foliage

Life Span

In the Wild; 3-4 years In Human Care – 10 years

Fun Facts about the Moholi Bushbaby

  • Bushbabies can see 250 degrees around their body, as compared to humans who can only see 200 degrees! They can also rotate their head 180 degrees.
  • Their hearing is acute enough to hear the gliding of an owl.

Sources

Siyabona Africa, Kruger National Park, Primate, Bushbaby. Information retrieved 8/29/2018. http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bushbaby.html

Primate Info Net, Library and Information Service, National Primate Research Center, Lesser Bushbaby Galago. Information retrieved 8/29/2018. http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/lesser_bushbaby/behav

Bearder, S., Svensson, M. & Butynski, T.M. 2019. Galago moholi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T8788A17963285. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T8788A17963285.en. Downloaded on 02 December 2020.

Updated December 18, 2020
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