Aye-Aye                                                                             Scientific Name: Daubentonia madagascarinsis

Are all lemurs awake during the day? No! This page is about a special kind of lemur called the Aye-Aye. The Aye-Aye is nocturnal. It is so unusual when it was first discovered it was thought to be a large squirrel! It was discovered to truly be a lemur in the mid 1800s. However, the Aye-Aye is on a group of its own, so its relatives remain a mystery. Although, like most other lemurs, they spend their lives in trees, but will occassionally climb down. In 1983 the Aye-Aye was claimed to be extinct, until a few more discoveries years later. However, Aye-Ayes are endangered but here is a way you can help:

  • Make a "Save the Trees" petition. Aye-Ayes are endangered of deforestation, like the other lemurs.

Aye-Ayes are solitary animals, meaning that they either come in pairs or in ones. The gestation period of the Aye-Aye lasts 170 days.

Territory: Eastern Madagascar

Food: Invertebrates

Status: Endangered