As we near the end of this adventure tomorrow, we have a very small primate called a galago or bushbaby. They earned the nickname of bushbaby because they vocalize by producing child-like cries. They can reach about 10 to 16 inches in length and are covered in a thick wool-like fur. One of their most prominent features are their round saucer-like eyes that help with night vision since they are nocturnal creatures. Their evening roaming earned them another nickname in their native Africa of nagapies, meaning “little night monkeys.”
One interesting bit about the galago is that they possess a second tongue, situated underneath their normal tongue. This is used in conjunction with their front teeth specifically for grooming. Not sure why they couldn’t use the first tongue, but I imagine its akin to the clean versus dirty towel we have next to our kitchen sinks. Galagos are also particularly great at jumping and can reach heights of up to 6.6 feet (2 m) in the air. They possess this little superpower due to the elastic energy stored in the tendons of their lower legs.
Unlike many of the uncommon creatures this month, galago populations in the wild are stable at the moment, and there are no visible threats to decrease their numbers. This is good news after so many dire stories of the animals featured so we will hopefully have these little bushbabies among us for quite some time. Tomorrow is the last day of this adventure and something new will be coming on Friday, so stay tuned!
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M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink and second pen with black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal