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Bushbabies: Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:37 am

Thick-tailed Bushbaby
(Otolemur crassicaudatus)

Ger: Riesengalago
Fre: Galago a queue epaisse
Afr: Bosnagaap
Xho, Zul: Sinkwe

Mass: 0,9-1,6 kg.
Tail length: 36-45 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Dark rings around eyes.
- Bushy tail, longer than body.
- Moves on 4 legs, instead of hopping.
- Eyes shine red in torchlight.
Lifespan: +/- 4 yrs.
Predators:
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.

DISTRIBUTION IN KNP:
Found very sparsely. Punda Maria/ Pafuri areas, Satara/ Lower Sabie areas & the Berg-en-dal/ Pretoriuskop/ Skukuza areas.

BEHAVIOUR:
Nocturnal, arboreal, sleeps in groups of 6-7. Territories are from 0,07-0,2 km2. Both sexes are territorial. Love grooming themselves & urine washing. Sleep in broad-leaved & birds' nests, tree forks & hollow trees.
Calls: Squeaks, clicks, croaks, barks, shrill whistles, chirps, chatters, yaps, yells, moans & mournful screaming.

REPRODUCTION:
2-3 Infants of 45g each are born after a gestation of 4-5 months. Breed in summer.

FOOD:
Fruits, flowers, insects, seeds, gum, small birds, lizards & eggs. Water independant.

HABITAT:
Dense forest, bushveld & woodland savanna.

Sources:
- Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park by Heike Schutze.
- Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Swart.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:38 am

Found in the following SANParks:
- Kruger National Park.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:41 am

Saw onne doing some "rope walking" on the telephone cable @ Lower Sabie in October.
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Unread postby Johann » Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:14 pm

cptphotographer wrote:One of these Thick Tailed Bush Babies was a welcome visitor to our tent in Skukuza in the early 90's. He/She helped themselves to fruit and bread. It was a beautiful sight though. Saw it a few eveings in the trees above our tent for a few minutes each evening. Sadly though, never saw one since....

We had one visit our caravan as well on a regular basis in Feb 2004.

Two of them raided my fridge, also in Skukuza, June 2005. Just got back to the chalet as they were running off.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:05 am

Guest wrote:July 2008 - saw one in Punda Maria at night - not scared of humans - eating crumbs from the dinner table after the evening braai. .


We also had one “cleaning” our dishes at our safari tent in Punda during a visit in October last year. 8)
The only other sighting I had of one before, was at Olifants (river view bungalow #9)….it suddenly just came and sat on the wall around our veranda while we were eating….stared at us a few seconds, and was gone again.

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Re: Bushbabies

Unread postby Gunner » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:56 pm

Skukuza rest camp...

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Re: Bushbabies

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:35 am

This was taken at Satara.

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not the best photo, but it kept me pretty amused.
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Re: Bushbabies: Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:04 am

I had to take a fledgeling into "Free Me" rehabillitation a couple of days ago. They gave me their quarterly publication to take home with me. In it was a tragic story highlighting the plight of bushbabies at the moment.

It seems as though they are often sold by hawkers, particularly in Mozambique. They are very endearing and very, very cute and well meaning tourists buy them in order to "rescue" them.

As a result of disease, wrong diet, inadequate care, any of these little creatures land at the "Free Me" centre, sometimes when it's too late.

"Free Me" urges people to bring these little creatures in immediately. They are difficult to raise and many of the hawkers are selling young babies that need very specialised care.
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Re: Bushbabies: Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:03 pm

We saw a number of Thicktailed Bushbabies (Otolemur crassicaudatus) around the Pafuri area over the weekend and specifically in the Pafuri Camp.

This one though we saw, quite unusually, in broad daylight as it was having a face off with a 2.5m Black Mamba.

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Re: Bushbabies: Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Unread postby Nungu » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:58 pm

We spotted a Bushbaby in Marloth Park in June and since then my daughter (5) is in love with them.... During our trip in August she bought one of the fluffy animals at the Skukuza shop - and no surprise it was a bushbaby.

She names all her stuffed animals... but this day she was in a foul mood and everytime I asked her what she's going to call the little thing, she would reply "Niks" (meaning she won't call him anything)... and after 2 days of this the name stuck.... and now she won't go to bed without NIKS by her side :wall:

Her little brother bought a Leopard and named him "Kallie"... as in Kallie Knoetze...why o why o why? :whistle:
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Re: Bushbabies: Thick-tailed Bushbaby

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:07 pm

We have stayed in Skukuza, hut nr 26 and seen a Thick-tailed bushbaby each time. You can always hear them screaming in the distance before they pop in. This first time he creeped down and took an apple our neighbor disposed on the ground. The second, he stared at the lovely roasting chicken on my braai. Needess to say, I watched him with a beady eye until he left. :lol: :lol:

The pictures just look like black :x
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Re: nagaapie(bushbaby)

Unread postby AWOL_loki » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:27 pm

DinkyBird wrote:I agree, these are amazing little creature and I get a special thrill when I do see one - which is not that often.

There was once once sleeping so peacefully in a huge tree just outside of Satara's reception area. The whole world was ohhh'ing and ahhhh'ing at it as it just slept away in a fork of the tree.


This was taken outside Satara reception in November :D

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Giant Bushbabies

Unread postby ils » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:56 pm

Where in the park have you seen the giant bushbaby?? (I hope thats the correct naming)
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Re: Giant Bushbabies

Unread postby BushFairy » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:14 pm

Hi ils :D

The correct name you're looking for is: Thick-tailed Bushbaby / Greater Bushbaby
I've seen them all over the park, especially in camps next to rivers, Letaba, Skukuza, LS, etc. They make the most terrible sound you've ever heard in your life!! It's eery!!
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Re: Giant Bushbabies

Unread postby Lockie » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:37 pm

thick tailed bushbaby


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