The Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell download in ePub, pdf, iPad
According to Dunkel et al. This was the first recorded captive birth of an aye-aye. Aye-ayes were originally classified as rodents because of their continuously growing incisors. Females are only receptive to mating every years due to extensive parental investment.
They may tolerate others foraging nearby but females often demonstrate aggression toward other females. Although small populations have been found in several locations on Madagascar, they are very endangered due to loss of habitat.
Females advertise their receptivity with loud vocalizations to attract nearby males and will mate with several males during the estrus period. However, as the aye-ayes begin to reach maturity, their bodies will be completely covered in thick fur and are typically not one solid color.
Their incisors also are used to pry open the hard shells of coconuts or hard fruits and nuts. Their large rounded ears are incredibly sensitive giving the Aye Aye excellent hearing when listening for grubs beneath the tree bark and are able to be rotated independently. The aye-aye is the largest nocturnal primate.
Outside of mating, males and females interact only occasionally, usually while foraging. Wood-boring grubs, fruits, nuts, nectar, seeds and fungi. They have sent multiple teams to capture lemurs in Madagascar and have since created captive breeding groups for their lemurs. They have a round head, large triangular ears, yellow-orange eyes and a pink nose. Both males and females establish and scent mark territories.
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