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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.

aye aye looking with big eyes

Did You Know?

Eyes of the Aye-Aye: A reflective surface behind the aye-aye’s yellow-orange eyes bounces light back through the eyes to enhance its sight at night.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Daubentonia madagascariensis

Forest and swamp

1 to 1.3 ft

20 yrs

Zoo Location:
Jungle Trails

Insect larva, nuts, and fruits

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)