The Aye Aye

Published on 9 November 2019 at 17:45

Are we related?

The aye aye is a night animal that belongs to the maki. This family belongs to the lemurs. You wouldn't know when you look at the animal, but nevertheless they are related to monkeys, chimpanzees and humans. The Aye Aye was first spotted in 1788.


The aye aye is also related to the family finger animals. It is the only living species left of this family. Since 2014 it is on the list of endangered species.


The animals usually have a dark coat and orange eyes, this gives the animal generally a creepy appearance. It also has, just like the lemur, a very hairy fluffy tail, which has a length of 44 to 53 centimeters.


What is most striking are the fingers of this animal. The fingers are long and narrow and when you look at it up close it looks like it is from a horror movie. Because of the nails it looks like a claw. And the middle finger is much longer and smaller then the others.


As it is a night animal, the Aye Aye goes looking for food at night. That's why their dark fur is very useful, their dark color makes them less visible for possible enemies.  An adult Aye Aye weighs about 2.5 kilograms.



The animal only lives in Madagascar so if you want to see it you have to go to a zoo or on holiday to the island! Would you go there to witness the animal?


Image by: WolfmanSF. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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