Aye-aye

Daubentonia madagascariensis

Like a woodpecker, the aye-aye is a percussion forager. Tapping on a dead log with its especially long and thin middle finger, the aye-aye listens closely for signs of insect larva inside. It chisels a hole in the wood with its ever-growing incisors and extracts the larva with its finger.

Fact File

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where to see themWhere to see them: Jungle Trails
lengthLength: 1 to 1.3 ft
weightWeight: 5 to 6 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 20 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Forest and swamp
dietDiet: Insect larva, nuts, and fruits
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Near threatened)

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