Large eyes are a clue to the bushbaby’s nocturnal nature. These small African primates need to see well at night as they jump along tree branches looking for tasty insects to eat.
Adult bush babies have a head and body length averaging about six inches with a slightly longer tail. The fur is dense, wooly and wavy varying from light brown on the back to silver on the under-side. They have large, round eyes and their ears are large and upright and can independently change positions. Infants are only about one quarter the size of adults.
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Much like an owl, the large eyes of the Moholi bushbaby cannot move within their sockets. When searching for prey, their heads are in almost constant motion.
Bush babies are almost exclusively nocturnal. They tend to associate in small family groups of 2 to 7 individuals. When foraging, family groups warn off other groups with loud ringing. They defend their 15 to 20 acre territory by marking scent with their urine. Bush babies are alert, sprightly and very agile making large leaps from tree branch to tree branch.
Bush babies reach sexual maturity at 8 months and mating often occurs twice a year, usually in spring and fall. In captivity they breed year round.