ANCIENT RELATIVESBoth Propotto and the Egyptian primate were ancient relatives of the aye-aye, which branched out into the lemur family tree.
One lineage eventually led to the aye-aye, which split from the rest of the lemur family tree 40 million years ago, while the other led to all other lemurs.
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.
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.
One of the world's strangest and most endangered animals has been born in captivity in an inner-city zoo.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.
It's a good thing that many of the remaining aye-ayes
live in parks and other protected areas in Madagascar.
"Many villagers in Madagascar think aye-ayes
can put curses on them.
No, it's not a cast member from "Gremlins." 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.
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.
Considered bad luck and fair game in its native Madagascar, the cat-sized primate called aye-aye
not only suffers from a bad image, but also is in danger of becoming extinct.