Senegal Bush Baby Natural History
This is a small primate, measuring up to 13 cm (5 Inches) without the tail and weighing 300 g.
Habitat and Distribution
This species inhabits dry woodland and savannah regions of Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal.
They can live for up to 14 years in captivity.
An omnivore feeding on small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, seeds, flowers, nuts and tree sap.
Groups and Breeding
This species often sleeps in a group for safety. After mating females build a nest of leaves in which they will give birth to and raise their young after a gestation period of 120 days. They generally give birth to 1-2 young but on rare occasions there maybe up to 3 and these will nurse for 3-4 months.
Due to having a wide range and being prolific breeders, this species is not considered to be at risk at this time.
This species is hunted by chimpanzees, using spears.
The Senegal Bush Baby During Your Day Out in Kent
We have six of this species here at the park. However, being nocturnal the best time to see them is usually later in the day. They share an enclosure with Linnaeus two toed sloths, southern three banded armadillo, southern tamandua and a plantain squirrel in then upstairs area of the chimpanzees building.