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Galago senegalensis 

Actual scientific name :   Galago senegalensis 
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French name :   Galago du Sénégal
English name :   Lesser Galago, Senegal Bushbaby
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Description :   Average length: 45 cm (with an average tail of 25 cm), weight: 500 g.
Thick and woolly hair, brown or grey on the upperparts, lighter on the underparts. Ears are large. Eyes are large. There are disks of thickened skin at the ends of toes and fingers.  
Habitat :   Woodland, savannah. 
Behaviour :   Nocturnal and arboreal. Live in communities. Very alert. Agile climber and leaper, can jump 5 m between branches. During the day, they rest together in nests or amongst the dense vegetation of some trees. At night, usually forage alone. Male ranges usually overlap the territories of several females. 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, play and fight
In captivity, live for up to 10 years. In the wild, probably 4 years. 
Diet :   Mostly insects (especially grasshoppers that they catch while flying). Also tree gum (especially acacia), fruits, eggs, small birds. 
Life history :   Polygynic animals.
Usually two litters per year.
After a gestation period of about 115 days, females give birth to 1 or 2 young. Weaned at 6 weeks. Females leave their young in nests while foraging.
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
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