Bush Baby Mystery Solved

bush baby, (family Galagidae), also spelled bushbaby, also called galago, any of more than 20 species of small attractive arboreal primates native to sub-Saharan Africa. They are gray, brown, or reddish to yellowish brown, with large eyes and ears, long hind legs, soft, woolly fur, and long tails.

Bush babies are also characterized by the long upper portion of the feet (tarsus) and by the ability to fold their ears. They are nocturnal, and they feed on fruits, insects, and even small birds, but a major component of the diet of most species is gum (tree exudate).

This they extract by gouging holes in trees and scraping the bark, using their toothcombs (forward-tilted lower incisor and canine teeth). Galagos cling to and leap among the trees; the smaller forms, such as the lesser bush baby (Galago senegalensis), are extremely active and agile. When they descend to the ground, they sit upright, and they move around by jumping with their hind legs like jerboas. Gestation is about three to four months; young usually number one or two.

Many Nigerians may have heard various superstitions about a mysterious being or entity, known as a bush baby, that cries at night. But some don’t know that bush baby is actually an animal, not a supernatural being or some sort of mystical human as stories and movies often depict.

Bush babies are primates native to East Africa and sub-Shara Africa. They are so called because they cry like human infants at night.

Their human-baby-like cry is often heard at night because they are generally active at night and sleep during the day. The cries are for territory protection or communication with their families.

Bush babies mostly give birth to twins or triplets. They dip their hands in their pee and mark their territories with the smell of the pee as they jump from trees to trees. 

A male bush baby claims its female by pěěịng on her.

And no, bush babies don’t have a so-called mat. They mostly live in tree hollows and secluded places as a family of, about 6.

Bush baby don’t attack humans. They feed on insects and fruits.

Before 1980 only six species were recognized, but studies since then, especially of their vocalizations, have resulted in the identification of perhaps as many as 20 species.

 The lesser bush baby and its relatives, which weigh 150–200 grams (5–7 ounces), live in the thornbushes and tree savannahs from Senegal in the west to Somalia in the east and southward to Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, although one species, the dusky bush baby (G. matschiei), is restricted to the rainforests of eastern Congo (Kinshasa). They feed on gum, insects, pods, flowers, and leaves.

The larger Allen’s bush baby (Sciurocheirus alleni) and its relatives live in the rainforests of west-central Africa, where they feed on fallen fruits and the insects that they find in them; they may be generically distinct.


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