Thick-tailed greater bush baby, greater galago
Thick-tailed greater bush-babies are the largest of the bush babies. Like other bush babies, they makes a call that sounds like a human child crying.
Three. O.c.crassicaudatus, O.c.montieri, O.c.badius.
Head and body length: 25-40cm, Tail Length: 34-49cm, Weight: Female: 1.2kg, Male: 1.4kg.
Thick-tailed greater bush babies have brown or grey fur, with exceptionally large ears, a pointed muzzle and large eyes. They are strongly built, with broad hands and feet adapted for grasping, with opposable first digits. As their name suggests, they have thick, bushy tails.
They range across Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and south to South Africa.
Thick-tailed greater bush babies live in woodland, forested savannah, plantations and bamboo thickets.
They mostly feed on tree exudates and fruit, but they also take a small amount of animal prey, including invertebrates and small birds, reptiles and mammals.
They are nocturnal and arboreal, preferring the upper levels of the forest. Rather than leaping through the canopy, they tend to run along the branches.
Thick-tailed greater bush babies breed between May-October. After a gestation period of 126-136 days, females give birth to 1-3 offspring. The mothers carry the infants in their mouth and later on the back.
This species is not listed by the 2000 IUCN Red List.