What is Aye Aye?

Aye-ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. These rare animals may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans. They are about 16 inches long, excluding the bushy 55- to 60-cm tail. Covered with long, coarse, dark brown or black fur, it has a short face, large eyes, and ever-growing incisors like those of rodents.

Scientific Information of Aye Aye

  • Scientific Name:Daubentonia madagascariensis
  • Type: Mammals
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Life Span: 20 years
  • Size: Head and body: 14 to 17 inches
  • Weight: 4 pounds

Aye Aye Reproduction

When a female is ready to mate she calls to male Lemurs who are known to gather around her and will fight aggressively between one another for breeding rights. After a gestation period that lasts for about five months, a single infant is born and spends its first two months in the nest, It is not being weaned until it is at least 7 months old. The young will remain with their mother until they are two years old and leave to establish a territory of their own. A female is thought to be able to start reproducing when she is between 3 and 3.5 years old where males seem to be able to do so at least 6 months earlier.

Aye Aye Diet

They feed on both other animals and plant matter, moving about high up in the trees and under the cover of night. Males are cover distances of up to 4km a night in their search for food, feeding on a variety of fruits, seeds, insects, and nectar. They are however specially adapted to hunt in a very unique way as they use their elongated middle finger to tap dead wood in search of the hollow tunnels created by wood-boring grubs, listening for even the slightest sound with their sensitive bat-like ears. Once they detected its prey they use its sharp front teeth to gnaw a hole into the wood before inserting the long middle finger, hooking the grub with its claw, and extracting it.

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