Aye-ayes are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and experts believe there may be as few as 1,000 to 10,000 left in the wild.
We hope Raz and Mamy will be an important part of the conservation breeding programme for the species and help to generate more awareness of aye-ayes, highlight what remarkable animals they are and, importantly, throw a spotlight on the many threats they are facing.
And whereas all other known primates have teeth similar to a human's, aye-ayes have teeth which--like a rodent's--never stop growing.
Since aye-ayes forage for food at night, they have managed to keep researchers in the dark for years about their living habits.
Natives of Madagascar, aye-ayes
can live for up to 23 years and have coarse brown fur tipped with white.
Kintana, an eight-week-old Madagascan aye-aye
, is the first captive bred aye-aye
in the UK.
In the past, aye-ayes
were persecuted in their natural habitat because they were considered to be an evil omen.
live only in the forests of Madagascar, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa.
Until recently, the species was considered on the verge of extinction, but lately several small and widely scattered pockets of aye-ayes
have turned up on the island.
It's a baby aye-aye
-- the first member of this endangered primate species born in the Western Hemisphere.
4 Suppose an aye-aye
were to tap on a tree branch in search of a meaty meal.
He's the first Aye-Aye
ever to be born in Britain - a major success as the species is nearly extinct in its native Madagascar.
With perhaps "a few hundred" aye-ayes
left in the wild, says Simons, this type of lemur may not be the rarest primate -- but local attitudes make it "probably the world's most endangered primate species.
While keeping food tabs on wild aye-ayes
, endangered primates from Madagascar, the "nutrient-detectives" found that in addition to eating seeds and insect larvae, the aye-ayes
nibble on bits of a certain fungus.
The enlightening aspect of this book is that we are introduced to a little known creature, the Aye-Aye
lemur from Madagascar.