Aye-Aye is An endangered nocturnal species

The aye-aye is a kind of lemur, which belongs to the category of strepsirrhine primate. It is the biggest nocturnal primate in the whole world.  It is scientifically known as Daubentonia madagascariensis. The animal is generally found in the east coast of the island of Madagascar. It resides both in the evergreen rainforest as well as in the deciduous ones. Because of deforestation, they can also be found in the areas of cultivation. The aye-ayes of the rainforests are usually found in the canopy areas.

A typical fully-grown aye-aye is about three feet long with an equally long tail. Their bodies are covered in thick fur of yellow or brown color with white colored tips. The young ones are silver colored in front along with a single stripe running down through their back. The most striking feature of an aye-aye is its fingers with an extremely thin third finger and very long fourth finger. The females are characterized by the presence of nipples around the groin area.

The aye-ayes are omnivores. They collect their food by tapping tree trunks to locate grubs. The thin third finger is for tapping/ grooming and the long fourth finger is used to pull out the bugs and grubs out of the holes. The aye-aye is considered as an endangered species. The main reason for their dwindling numbers is because of the superstition surrounding them. According to the locals, it is considered as a symbol of death and killing on sight wards off the evil.


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