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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:47 pm

Thanks - will try your tip. We saw them at Pretoriuskop. We were camped on the fence and they obviously were nesting in a tree just outside the fence, so each evening we saw them leaping (and boy do they leap) away on their way to search for food etc. I just love them. I will have to listen very carefully as I have never heard their call in the wild, just on tape. I must admit I can get very confussed with the night sounds sometimes...but I am getting better.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:14 pm

DB, they sound EXACTLY like a small child screaming in frustration! :lol:
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:54 am

mikev wrote:Easter weekend we saw them in trees above braais. Yes, listen for the whoosh of branches cos' they don't always call.
Also one very early morning they were in very open shrubs around the ablution block feeding on insects attracted by the lights - remarkable adaptation.

Which camp you speaking of mikev?

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Unread postby Ngonyam » Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:38 pm

I've also seen these cute little guys in the massive fig tree next to the ABSA guest house in Skukuza.

The other option is to go on a sunset drive. As they are stricly nocturnal, your best bet is to try and get out into the bush at night...

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Bushbabies: Lesser Bushbaby

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:15 am

Lesser Bushbaby
(Galago moholi)

Ger: Moholigalago
Fre: Galago Moholi
Afr: Nagapie
Xho, Zul: Sinkwe

Mass: 150-230g.
Tail length: 20-26 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Dark rings around eyes.
- White stripe on nose.
- Bushy tail, longer than body.
- Moves in a kangaroo-like gait.
Lifespan: +/- 4 yrs.
1. Civet
2. Genets
3. Large Owls
4. Serval
5. African Wild Cat
6. Snakes
7. Leopard
8. Caracal
9. Chacma Baboon
10. Eagles.
Scent glands: Chest, lips, cheeks, perenial.
Senses: Very good.

Widely distributed, but uncommon.

Nocturnal, arboreal, sleeps in groups of 6-7. Territories are from 0,04-2,3 km2. Both sexes are territorial. Love grooming themselves & urine washing. Sleep in broad-leaved & birds' nests, tree forks & hollow trees.
Calls: Croaks, clicks, squeaks, coos, barks, sobs, chatters, rasps, grunts, shrill whistles, yaps, wails & mournful screaming.

2 Infants of 9-12g are born after a gestation of 4 months. Breed biannually.

Grasshoppers, tree sap & gum, fruits, seeds, flowers, small birds, insects & eggs. Water independent.

Open savanna woodland, bushland & riverine areas.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:16 am

Found in the following SANParks:
- Kruger National Park.

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Unread postby cptphotographer » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:33 am

Hi Mark, the only one I saw was one afternoon sitting quietly on the wooden benches next to the fence at Orpen when the little fellow unexpectedly stuck his head out of one of the hollow metal fence poles. Definitely a sight to remember, didn't have my camera with me unfortunately. :(

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:35 am

Quite common in the Midrand and PTA areas her is Gauteng.
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Unread postby richardharris » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:26 pm

On a trip as a student to Tanzania years ago, heard them in various reserves - amazing screaming and wailing at night. Can't say I have ever heard them in the Kruger, though both species are said to be resident.


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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:18 pm

Yes, both the Thick-tailed Bushbaby (Greater Galago / Bosnagaap) and the Lesser Bushbaby (Lesser Galago / Nagapie) are present in Kruger. I have seen both species.

There are a lot of the larger Thick-tailed Bushbaby in Skukuza personnel village. It is them you refer to Richard. They scream like a little child.

The Lesser Bushbaby sounds like a bird calling at night. They are much more agile than the Thick-tailed Bushbaby, and can leap amazing distances between branches.

We used to have a large Acacia karoo (Soetdoring) in our garden in Pretoria and the Lesser Bushbabies would visit it nightly to feed on the sap.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:57 pm

Lesser Bushbaby


The photo was not taken inside a NP, so Mods it can be removed if necessary. 8)
I’m also not going to be dishonest and thus admit that the reason that I was eventually able to get a pic of this lightning fast creature was because there were bananas in the tree (which was initially intended for the birds). That said, it still took several evenings and hordes of shots into the dark to get a few decent ones. These beauties are unbelievably fast!! :shock:

Thanks to DuQues, who fixed the huge red eyes, my Bushbaby now has a less vicious appearance….much better, thanks!.
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Unread postby Adansonia » Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:14 pm

Saw a pair at Biyamiti last year (July) early in the morning. They emerged into a hole in a tree - possibly where they sleep during day time.

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Unread postby amanzi » Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:43 am

I have 9 resident bushbabies who made their home (or I should rather say "nest") in a large leadwood tree, in my backyard, next to my lapa
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Unread postby ndloti » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:19 am

I saw many above the safari tents at Croc Bridge in August .
They seem to be accustomed to people , they were about 2 arm lengths away from me .
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Unread postby Scipio » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:26 am

Hi, kr.

Lesser bushbabies can be found all over the park but, in the south you can look for them at Biyamiti, Berg & Dal and between the chalets at Skukuza. Satara has a healthy population. Best way to allocate them is by their chirps. They will call each other early evening already. :)

Greater Bushbaby I have only found up north & they are not so prolific in camps at all. They have a loud call. I have found them at Letaba, Shingwedzi & Punda. Lesser cousin was also found at the 3 camps esp. Letaba. Look for the telltale signs of thatch pulled from the kativa(Cement/fibreglass tops of thatch roofs).

I omitted the bushcamps as they are usually seen there.

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