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Galagos

Brown Greater Galago
(Otolemur crassicaudatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Galagonidae
Gray, 1825
Genera

 Otolemur
 Euoticus
 Galago

Galagos, also known as bushbabies or bush babies, are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa, and make up the family Galagonidae. They are sometimes included as a subfamily within the Loridae or Lorisidae.


Several galagos are also known as bush babies. The name bush baby may come either from the animals' cries or from their appearance. Like all galagos they have an acute sense of hearing.


Galagos are agile leapers, and run swiftly along branches. They have large eyes, giving them good night vision; strong hind limbs; and long tails, which help them balance. Their diet is a mixture of insects and other small animals, fruit, and tree gums.


Bush babies are born with half_closed eyes, unable to move about independently. After a few days, the mother carries the infant in her mouth, and leaves it on convenient branches while feeding.


Adult females maintain territories, but share them with their offspring. Males leave their mothers' territories after puberty, but females remain, forming social groups consisting of closely related females and their immature young. Adult males maintain separate territories, which overlap with those of the female social groups; generally, one adult male mates with all the females in an area. Males who have not established such territories sometimes form small bachelor groups.


Galagos communicate both by calling to each other, and by marking their paths with urine. At the end of the night, group members use a special rallying call and gather to sleep in a nest made of leaves, a group of branches, or a hole in a tree.


Classification

There has been much recent study of the Galagonidae. Several new species have been discovered, and they are now grouped into three genera, with the two former members of the now defunct genus Galagoides returned to their original genus Galago:





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DLC: Animals: Lesser Bushbaby (435 words)
Lesser bushbabies locomote mainly by vertical clinging and leaping.
Bushbabies, or galagos, are small, nocturnal primates which range in size from cat-sized to mouse sized.
Some bushbabies, including the lesser bushbaby, are vertical clingers and leapers, springing up to 15 feet in a single bound as they travel through the forest from vertical support to vertical support.
Serengeti - Smaller Night Animals (680 words)
Bushbabies in Serengeti live in the Grumeti Riverine Forests, the Seronera River Acacia Thickets, and along the streams in the south-west, near Moru Ranger Post.
Bushbabies live in loose troops of animals which are ruled by a dominant female (matriarch).
Bushbabies have glands in their skin which produce a musky scent which is taken up by the fur.
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