Aye Aye

Scientific Name Daubentonia madagascariensis

Classification – Daubentonia

Collective Noun – Troop

Length/Size – 30cm – 40cm (12in – 15in)

Weight – 2kg – 2.7kg (4lbs – 6lbs)

Top Speed – 32kph (20mph)

Life Expectancy – 20 – 23 years (captivity); lifespan in wild unknown

Pregnancy – 170 days

Special Features  Middle fingers are elongated with hooked claw

Social Structure – Social behavior study still in preliminary stage. Mostly found solitary; rarely interact with other aye-ayes outside mating period. Though association of individuals between 4 and 27 have seldom been observed, but between male-to-female, and male-to-male but never between two females. The meaning of this behavior is unknown

Geographical Distribution – Eastern coast of Madagascar

Natural Habitat – Dense, tropical rainforest

World Population – 1,000 – 10,000

Conservation Status – Endangered

Diet – Insects, Larvae, Fruit

Predators – Human, Fossa, Birds of Prey