Weird Wildlife Wednesday: the Tarsier

This was meant to be posted last week and for some reason never went through so I guess it will have to work for this week. Sorry about that!

The Tarsier, a small primate, are so stinkin’ adorable with their fluffy faces, huge round eyes, and large ears. It’s a shame that they are endangered.

Tarsiers are found on the densely forested islands of Malaysia, Indonesia, and southern Philippines. The social aspects of their behavior are not very well known, although studies have found that some Tarsier species aren’t solitary like once believed. The Tarsiers are named for their long tarsal bone which enables them to leap far distances.Β They spend most of their time in the trees, resting and checking out their environment for food. The life span of Tarsiers can range anywhere fro 12 – 20 years depending on the species. As small carnivores, they eat little reptiles, insects, and birds.

Like most other species, habitat loss is a main threat for these guys. Unfortunately, captive breeding programs are relatively unsuccessful.



Weird Wildlife Wednesday: Aye-Aye

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.