The greater galago is known for its jumping ability. They are capable of jumping straight upward as high as 2 meters, or 6.6 feet. This is much greater than is typically possible for an animal of this size, which weighs in between two and a quarter and four and a half pounds (one to two kilograms). This remarkable jumping ability is thought to be related to extremely elastic tendons located in their lower legs capable of storing a great deal of energy.
Females of the species maintain a particular territory. That is, the females of the species are territorial, but they share the territory with their children. When the males hit puberty, they leave to stake out a new territory. The females remain with their mothers, building a social community of related females that watch over one another's children. In most cases, a male will seek out another female territory, mating with all of the females located within that territory. In cases where males are unable to do this, they will occasionally form their own community of males.
Greater galagos should not be kept as pets because they can be infected with diseases that are capable of spreading to humans, as is the case with most primates. Nevertheless, several people do keep them as pets, and customs officials find them being imported between countries. Length of life in captivity is about fifteen years, meaning that in the wild they likely live for roughly a decade.
Picture of the greater galago by buecherfresser, Kenya, August 2004, licensed under GFDL
The Garnett's greater galago, greater bushbaby, greater galago, large-eared greater galago, thick-tailed bushbaby is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
CountriesAngola, Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 1.095 kg (2.409 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 23 years
Female maturity :495 days
Male maturity : 639 days
Gestation : 130 days
Weaning : 138 days
Litter size : 2
Litters per year : 1
Interval between litters : 119 days
Weight at birth : 0.043 kg (0.0946 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 3 W
Body mass : 0.994 kg (2.1868 lbs)