As some of you may recall, back in June one of the subjects of my recurring Weird Wildlife Wednesday post was an extremely endangered cetacean known as the Vaquita. I recently came across this article at TakePart.com about a single simple way that biologists are saying they could be saved. Check it out at this link!
This week for Weird Wildlife Wednesday, I’m going to tell you all about the Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). These little oddballs are only found in Madagascar and you may find it surprising that they are actually primates. At first glance, their face may look similar to a bat, and they actually are the only primate that utilizes echolocation like bats. Nocturnal omnivores, they spend most of their life in the trees of the rainforest, building their nests their and finding food their.
Aye-aye’s are endangered, largely because of overhunting. You see, in Madagascar, the native people consider aye-aye’s to be a bad omen and kill them immediately when they see them. Habitat loss, like with most endangered species, is another major factor in their downfall.