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Aye Aye

Aye Aye
Photographer: Tom Junek


Aye Aye Range Map (Madagascar)
Aye Aye Range Map (Madagascar)


Aye Aye
Photographer: Tom Junek
Latin Name Daubentonia madagascariensis
Conservation Status Endangered
Location Madagascar
Colour Black or Dark Brown
Length 40 cm (16 inches)
Tail 40 cm (16 inches)
Weight 2.5 - 3 kg (5.5 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy Up to 23 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics


Aye Ayes have a body length of 40 cms (16 inches), a tail length of 40 cms (16 inches) and they weigh between 2.5 and 3 kgs (5.5 - 6.5 lbs).

They have coarse, shaggy, black or dark brown fur with a mantle of white guard hairs. Their eyes and ears are large and they have long middle fingers that they use to extract insects from tree holes.

Habitat

Aye Ayes can be found in the forests and mangroves of Madagascar. They are active at night and spend their days sleeping in a nest built in the fork of a tree.

Diet

Aye Ayes feed on wood boring larvae, seeds, fruit, fungi and nectar.

Breeding

After a gestation period of 152 - 172 days, Aye Ayes give birth to a single youngster. The youngster is weaned by the time it reaches 5 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 2 - 3 years of age.

Female Aye Ayes have a birthing interval of 2 - 3 years.

Predators

Predators of Aye Ayes include fossas.

Interesting Facts

Aye Ayes are the largest nocturnal primate in the world.

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