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Madagascar Endangered Species: Aye-aye

Animal

Aye-aye is a family of monkeys that live only on Madagascar Island in Africa. Aye-aye is a primate that belongs to the genus Aye-aye in the family Aye-aye. A large species, the giant aye-aye, was distributed in the south, but it became extinct 2000 years ago. And this surviving Aye-aye is also in danger of extinction. Aye-aye has lost its habitat due to deforestation and land development, and has been designated as an endangered species.

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Habitat

Aye-aye is an endemic animal of Madagascar.

Characteristics

Aye-aye is a small animal with a body length of 30-45 cm and a weight of 2-3 kg. Aye-aye mainly inhabits moist forests and mangroves and lives on trees. I often sleep in the daytime and start activities at night. The body color is dark brown or black, and it has a bushy tail that is larger than the body. It features large eyes, elongated fingers, and large ears, and is highly hearing. Every finger has a sharp claw that you can use to grab a branch. The front teeth continue to grow for the rest of your life, making it convenient for eating hard nuts. Aye-aye is an animal that does not form a herd and mainly acts alone. Aye-aye is very creepy in appearance, and some call it a demon that causes death and disaster, but in reality it is not.

Ecology

Aye-aye mainly eats fruits, bark, nectar of flowers, and even insects. The breeding form is embryo. The gestation period is about 6 months, and one can be born at a time. Breastfeeding period is 7 months. Lifespan is about 20 years.

Endangered species

Aye-aye is originally limited to Madagascar. Therefore, the number of individuals is not so large. Many Madagascar islanders have a history of thinking of Aye-aye as an unlucky creature and killing it as soon as they find it. This is because Aye-aye has a very creepy appearance and has been said to be an animal that causes misery. Furthermore, deforestation and land development in recent years have become major problems. The area where Aye-aye can live has decreased dramatically, and it may become extinct. Aye-aye is currently designated as an endangered species. In addition, Aye-aye is also listed in CITES Annex I.

Breeding

Exports of Aye-aye are restricted, and the number of aye-aye is small, so it is almost impossible for ordinary people to raise them. Watch at the zoo or go to Madagascar.

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