Lesser Bushbaby (Nagapie)

(Galago senegalensis)

These small creatures, as their Afrikaans name implies, have a  shrill, plaintive call that sounds like a baby crying.  They are nocturnal, occurring in pairs or singly and are widespread in distribution throughout the northern region above South Africa.

The Bushbaby, Nagapie

Bushbaby

They are excellent jumpers. Their eyes shine brightly when a torch or light source is shone in their direction. Arboreal, they seldom come onto the ground.  They make nests of grass and leaves in the hollows or holes of trees.

Bushbabies diet consists of mainly insects which are readily found in the sand forest at Leopard Walk Lodge where they can often be heard and seen at night. Flowers are included in their diet together with  fruits and Acacia gum.