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Thick-Tailed Bushbaby

Otolemur crassicaudatus


  • Southern Africa


  • Forests


  • Insects
  • Fruit
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Lizards
  • Eggs
  • Birds

This primate species is well adapted to life in the dark. Large eyes and ears help them see and hear their prey in the dead of night.

Tracking insects with sound, they can snatch the bug out of the air with their agile reflexes. Thick-tailed bushbabys have 25% of their total body mass in their legs, allowing them to be very agile climbers and leaders. Like other bushbabys, their cry sounds like a human child.

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