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Bushbabies, general discussion

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:40 pm

We were told they are common in Letaba and Skukuza, but these critters are devious! :evil:
We've only heard them before, the moment you shine a light in the tree's direction they disappear.
Then at Skukuza last year we heard hippo's going wild close to the camp, it was around 8 in the evening.
There we met a SA tourguide who was having a break and he showed us how to find them.
First dead give-away is the sound of a baby screaming, but don't shine any light into the tree yet.
Stay put where you think the sound came from and wait for either bits of food falling down or twigs falling - you seldom hear them move as they're remarkably quiet movers - as they play about.
Then turn on a light - Don't use a spotlight but a normal flashlight - we found 4 that evening by the river alone!
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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 Shidzidzii » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:46 am

Thousand apologies .
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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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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:31 pm

We have 2 types of Bushbaby in KNP. The Lesser Bushbaby and the Thick-Tailed Bushbaby.

The lesser Bushbaby is about 37cm long and weighs about 155 grams. The Thick-Tailed Bushbaby is about 73 cm long and and weighs about 1.2 kilograms, much bigger than the Lesser Bushbaby.

The Bushbabies call is a harsh and a repetitive wailing, just like a baby having tantrum. What I find very interesting is that a bushbabies eyes cannot move in their sockets, so the head is continually active and searching for food or prey. They also have amazing hearing, their ears have a complex series of folds and this helps them to position the source of any sound. They can hear so well that they can even hear the gliding of an Owl. :shock:

They move so quick, they can catch grasshoppers in the air with their front feet. The Lesser Bushbaby is very particular about its appearance, grooming very much before they go out the night foraging for food. Does this not remind us musketeers of something. :lol:
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Unread postby Pilane » Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:31 pm

The lesser bushbaby's calls are normally not noticed by people although they have about 10 basic sounds which are combined to form 20+ different calls.

The thick tailed has a repertoire of about 10 basic calls with a combination of some of the calls (Alarm, contact rejection, distress, mother to infant, adult to adult, territorial etc.) Some of their calls match some of the lesser bb's but are much louder and more noticeble than the latter. The call of the 'crying baby' is the territorial call of the thick tail bush baby.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:10 pm

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Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:57 pm

Lesser Bushbaby

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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:

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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 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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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:37 am

Bushbabies are quite common through out Kruger, but two very good locations for both species would be as follow:

Lesser: Punda, Lower Sabie (listen out for a "zit zit zit" call.)
Greater: Skukuza. (listen out for the baby like cry calling.)

They seem quite active about 30min after sunset.
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Unread postby wildheart » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:15 pm

We were at our house at Marloth this week and heard a lot of noise in the roof everyday from about 17:00. After the 3rd day we finally discovered what it was, a whole family of bushbabies - over 10 of them, living in our roof! :lol: I didnt know that they sleep under roofs! :lol:
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It was so beautiful watching the one after the over popping out from under our roof! :lol:

O, ja, and of course, our plans to replace the flat roof with a grass roof is now out the window. :wink:

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Re: Location needed: Bush babies

Unread postby JustJuice » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:47 pm

In the Large Fig trees at Letaba camp when there are figs. Once I saw 6 bushbabies feeding in a large fig tree at the same time.(At night) :)
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