Greater galago, Otolemur garnettii is facing many threats as it adapts to live with along humans in the villages


Whitish small-eared greater galago (Otolemur garnettii lasiotis) photographed in Taita Hills 2019 (Hanna Rosti).

Greater galagos, also called bushbabies are quite common in Taita Hills. There are individuals that prefer to stay in the forest, but it seems that most greater galagos have adapted to live among people in the villages. They mainly feed on fruits and insects, and they sleep in the trees during the days. Their call is very easy to identify.

Trailing call of greater galago

Perhaps finding food is easier from the gardens. They enjoy fiesting on insects that they capture underneath the lamps.

However they are also threatened by dogs, humans with snares and electric wires.

We published article on African Primates about greater galago, that was killed by a dog. This article also represents other cases where dogs are killing primates.

Another greater galago from Taita Hills was also on the cover of African Primates 2021

This galago was killed as it was running on the ground in the evening. Dog that killed it was crippled and actually very nice family dog.

In Taita Hills there is also injured greater galago. It has lost its right hand, only bones are visible. Animal is in pain, and we will see how it survives. It may have been caught by a snare or it may have been electrocuted.

Injured greater galago has difficulties in moving, as it only has one front leg.

Animals living inside the forest don’t have access to the sugary fruits, and catching insects is more laborious. However there are greater galagos in the forest, and very commonly they are also seen feeding insects on the ground.

This greater galago spend hours with us, just following us out of curiosity.

Read next: Conservation of Mbololo and Ngangao Forests

For more information contact hanna.z.rosti(at)helsinki.fi

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