Woodland Park Zoo Logo

Friday, November 2, 2007

Bushbabies born!


Two new bushbabies (also called lesser galagos) were born in the zoo's Night Exhibit on November 1. The lesser galago is one of the smallest primates, about the size of a squirrel and weighing in at less than half an ounce. Despite their size, they can be exceptionally vocal, producing loud, shrill cries surprisingly like those of a human baby. The plaintive cries and "cute" appearance may account for the name "bush baby." The lesser galago and its larger cousin, the greater galago, are both arboreal and nocturnal in their habits and are found in the woodlands of East Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

The tiny babies will probably not be visible for sometime as they are nurtured by their mother. (Photo by Helen Shewman)

No comments:

Post a Comment