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Galago crassicaudatus, Otolemur crassicaudatus 

Actual scientific name :   Galago crassicaudatus, Otolemur crassicaudatus 
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French name :   Galago à queue épaisse, Galago à queue touffue
English name :   Thick-tailed Bushbaby, Thick-tailed Galago, Greater Galago, Grey Lemur, Rat of the Coconut Palm
Vernacular name :  
Komba (Kiswahili)


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Description :   The biggest of all galagos. Length: between 710 and 845 mm (with a tail of 415 to 470 mm), mass: between 1 and 1,5 kg. Males are bigger than females. Hair is woolly and varies from silver-brown to grey. Underparts are usually lighter. Eyes are large and ears are huge and rounded. Fingers are long. Toes are flattened, with nails except on the second toes which have long, curved grooming claws. There are disks of thickened skin at the ends of toes and fingers. 
Habitat :   Forests and savannah woodland.
Behaviour :   Nocturnal and arboreal. Very alert. Agile climber, jumping from one tree to another and able to leap 2 m horizontally. They live in small groups of 2 to 6. During the day, they rest together in nests that are up to 12 m high but at night, they usually forage alone. Groups can consist of a pair and their young, of an adult female an its young or of two females and their young.
Adult males are territorial and mark their territories with urine.
They give a wild range of calls such as barks, cries and clicks. They also have visual communication through facial expressions and postures.
Moreover, they communicate through olfactory signals: they spread urine over their bodies to leave their scent over the space through which they move.
They mutually groom.
In captivity, they live for up to 18 years.
Diet :   Mainly tree gum, fruits and insects.  
Life history :   Males mate with females whose home range coincide with theirs.
Females reach their sexual maturity around 2 years and males probably a bit later. After a gestation period of 133 days, females give birth to 2 young. Females’ milk is particularly rich for a primate. This might be related to the fact that oppositely to other primates, galago’s females do not carry their young during lactation but leave them in a tree when she forages. 
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