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Bushbabies: Galagidae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Senegal Bushbaby (galago Senegalensis): Species Accounts, Northern Greater Bushbaby (otolemur Garnettii): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BUSHBABIES AND PEOPL

SENEGAL BUSHBABY (Galago senegalensis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
NORTHERN GREATER BUSHBABY (Otolemur garnettii): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Bushbabies are found in many parts of Africa, from sea level to 6,000 feet (1,800 meters).

Bushbabies live in many areas, from dry, thorny scrub to evergreen tropical rainforests.

Depending on the species, bushbabies usually eat fruit, gum or plant fluids, and insects. They can find insects by sound alone and snatch them from the air as they fly past.

Bushbabies are often captured by local people as pets. The larger species may be used as food or killed for their fur. Bushbabies may also be taken for zoo exhibits. Bushbabies can be carriers for the yellow fever virus. Mosquitoes feeding on them can transmit the disease to humans.

Most species are common in Africa. However one species is Endangered, facing a very high risk of extinction, and six are Near Threatened, not threatened, but could become so, due to habitat, or living area, destruction.

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