Aye-Aye Lemur



Daubentonia madagascariensis


The Aye Aye Lemurs are on the verge of extinction due to the following reasons:

Killed on sight by locals who believe that they bring bad luck
Hunted as bushmeat by poachers
Deforestation of its main habitat

Location: Madagascar
Numbers : 100

The Aye-Aye Lemur, the world’s largest nocturnal primate, is a native of the coastal forests of eastern and north-western Madagascar.

Because the large-eyed, long-fingered Aye Ayes are secretive, solitary foragers, they have few natural predators in its main habitat. The main threat to its thinning numbers is local villagers and hunters who consider them to be an evil omen or meat source. Like all lemur species, it is also at risk of losing its forest home for agriculture and human settlement purposes.

These nocturnal and arboreal animals, which only grow as big as possums in adulthood, look like squirrels at first glance but they are more related to chimpanzees and other primates. They are considered as the woodpecker version of Madagascar.