Who do I interact with?

Now that you know about reproduction, it is important to learn what other interactions the bush baby takes part in! G. senegalensis are usually omnivores in nature. They feed on little prey, fruits and some insects in which they use their large ears to detect them by sound. This results to the bush babies having a well balanced diet according to season. They are not known to exhibit any kind of symbiosis that is mutual with other species. Occasionally, it is the carrier of the yellow fever virus and malaria can be spread from them to humans through mosquitoes that feed on them and humans. G. senegalensis are an endangered species in many places and night owls, snakes, some wild African cats and genets hunt them down. They are also very susceptible to wild bush fire, as they cannot cover vast amounts of ground quickly. Humans can capture them for pets, animal exhibitions and sometimes their fur as it makes clothes. They do not interact much as other primates due to their size and their nocturnal activity. Cute baby Permitted by Klaus Rudloff
They may be solidary in nature, but they forage in groups, which consist of numbers between two to six. (Haddow and Elise, 1964).They have some social ability to interact with each other. Loud calls are used to signal alarm situations among their community (Zimmerman, 1985; Anderson et al. 2000). As its omnivorous ability has been established, some studies of the stomach content of G. senegalensis have shown proof of animal matter. This included This consisted of caterpillars, spiders, scorpions and termites (Bearder and Doyle, 1974; Bearder and Martin, 1980).
The Bush baby may be high up the food chain, but it is not the alpha dog as it is also a source of food for other animals, including primates. It is suggested that chimpanzees have been seen to actively hunt down G. senegalensis for meat using makeshift spears (Choi, 2007). Since these primates show some level of intelligence and care, Mothers have been seen to carry their young with their mouths (Charles-Dominique, 1977a) and can be observed to lactate like other mammals for about 100 days (Doyle, 1979; Izard, 1987; Zimmerman, 1989). The lesser bush babies are also suspected to add sugar cane to its diet, as it is prevalent within the woodlands and savannah around Eastern Africa. There you have it, a general overview of Galago senegalensis! The next page gives the references used in the making of this site. Bush baby Permitted by Vladmir Motyca


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