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These pages share focuses on information and conservation of Taita mountain dwarf galago (Paragalago sp.) and Taita tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax sp.)

Resent article about Taita mountain dwarf galago published in Finnish magazine Iltalehti 11.5.2020: Suomalaistutkija löysi todennäköisesti uuden nisäkkään Kenian viidakosta. Article is in Finnish, but it has many photographs and video with calls.

Both of these species are undescribed species for the science and endemic to Taita Hills.

Remaining large forest patches in Taita Hills are only about three square kilometers. There is great urgency for both research and conservation of the species.

Taita mountain dwarf galago is tiny primate, only about 160-80 grams. It is almost extinct. It is
not yet officially identified for the science, which makes conservation efforts more challenging.

Taita mountain dwarf galago is nocturnal prosimian. It mainly feeds on insects. Animals live in family groups. They are very difficult to find. This is how they remained unknown for this long. In fact, they almost went extinct without noticing. Taita mountain dwarf galago was first described as possibly new species in 2002, but then it was forgotten. More about Taita dwarf galago https://animalstaita.com/2020/02/12/taita-mountain-dwarf-galago-paragalago-sp/.

Taita tree hyrax is 3-5 kg weighing leaf eating mammal. Closest relatives for tree hyrax are elephants and manatees. They eat leaves at the canopy, and are very difficult to see.

Taita tree hyrax is relict species. It lives on leaves and maybe fruits. These tree hyraxes are very vocal and loud. Calls of Taita tree hyrax are completely different than calls of other tree hyrax species in Africa. More about Taita tree hyrax https://animalstaita.com/2020/02/16/singing-taita-tree-hyrax/

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Newly discovered Taita Mountain dwarf galago (bushbaby) could already be on the brink of extinction: Posted on March 2, 2020 by Africa Geographic Editorial in the DECODING SCIENCE post series.

Checklist of Endemics of Africa Living National Treasures 12.3.2020

Nature Kenya 3.3.2020 Tiny primate sighting is another reason for conserving Taita Hills forests. Conservation of the natural forests scattered across these hills is critical for the survival of some of earth’s rarest species

African wood owl from Taita Hills

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More pictures of nocturnal animals

Taita is located between Nairobi and Mombasa. Tsavo National park is in Taita.



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