The Bushbaby

The amazing Bushbaby is actually a nocturnal primate. The biggest they can get is about the size of a kitten. It has 1 or 2 babies depending on how many breeding seasons it has. The Bushbaby makes central southern Africa its home.

Throughout its life the Bushbaby is small. The tiny animal’s body is 6-9 inches the tail is longer than the body, the tail is 9-10 inches and the offspring is 2 inches. They weigh 3-10 oz, the baby weighs oz! When the tiny primate is born it’s hairless. However, when mature it grows a gray, brown coat. Its big eyes and ears help this nocturnal animal get around in the dark. The long legs of the Bushbaby allow it to jump and glide from tree to tree.

The Bushbaby is fit to live in the humid jungle. This animal can with stand the heat because it goes under plants or rests in hollow trees. The primate calls central southern Africa home. The reason why it lives in one area is because the Ablaze tree and the Acaica tree are the main food sorce, it eats the gum of the two trees. Even though it eats other things, if the trees die out the Bushbaby might become extinct.

This nocturnal animal sleeps in large groups so if attacked they might be stronger than the attacker. The Bushbaby cries like a baby when communicating with one another or showing their babies where food is. Bushbabies raid birds nests for eggs, or pounce on lizards and mice. The tiny adults protect its self by scratching intruders. However, babies would run away to save its self.

Bushbabies only breed during the rainy season because the mom can go and get more food to make milk. When there is one breeding season a female will mainly have twins, but if there are two breeding seasons a single baby is common. After the infant turns 6 weeks old it weans itself and the mom does not have to feed the baby any more. At the age of 4 months they mature, and soon they will mate with other Bushbabies.

You might be able to go to central Africa and see the tiny primate glide and jump from tree to tree. Maybe you could see it napping on a long branch or under a plant. If you’re lucky enough, you could hear them communicating with one another. If you’re really lucky you could see a baby bushbaby.

by Elena

picture from Wikipedia

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