Aye Aye

Thought to be extinct in 1933, it was rediscovered in 1957

The Aye-aye is a lemur with unusually long fingers; it lives in the jungles of Madagascar. It has a distinct look and is the biggest species of nocturnal primate. At the time of its discovery, scientists classified it as a giant squirrel. Given that its closest lemur cousins are still a mystery even today, the aye-aye was placed in its own group and was not included in the lemur family until the mid-1800s.

However, over a substantial portion of their native habitat, these scarce species are in grave jeopardy. By 1980, it was widely assumed that aye-ayes had become extinct, primarily due to locals’ habit of shooting them dead at sight out of superstition.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No