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Where do I live ?I am endemic to Madagascar and I live in the island´s rainforests.

How am I ?We are one of the most unusual primates on the planet, so much so that we were originally classified as a rodent. Our thick coat is slate grey to brown with white flecks from the long guard hairs, which are lighter at the tip. Our face is paler than the rest of the body with large, leathery ears and striking, yellowish-orange eyes. Our hands are also highly distinctive, having elongated, thin fingers, which bear curved, claw-like nails. In particular, the third digit is so extremely thin that it appears to be little more than skin and bone. We are the largest nocturnal primate and we have a long, bushy tail.Size:Tail length: 44 - 53 cm. Head-body length: 30 - 37 cm Weight: 2 - 3 kg (2)

My Top facts My appearance is so unusual that I was initially classified as a rodent rather than a primate. We´re the world's largest nocturnal primate. Unlike other primates, our incisors are ever-growing which prevents the teeth wearing down from gnawing on wood and nuts. We are nocturnal and solitary creatures. Our fingers are thin and elongated and they have an extended third digit to locate and extract insect larvae from wood cavities which is our main food.My Scientific ClassificationKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaOrder: PrimatesFamily : Daubentoniidae Genus : Daubentonia

(Daubentonia madagascariensis)

My Threats...I am at risk because of the widespread deforestation that is threatening all of Madagascar's primates, as forests are cleared to make way for agriculture and development. We exist at low densities and therefore we require large areas of suitable habitat for a viable population to exist. We are subjects of many beliefs in Madagascar and in some regions we´re seen as an ill omen and we get persecuted as a result . We also feed on plantation crops such as coconuts and lychees and unfortunately we can be treated as pests in some areas...Our Conservation:We have a number of protected areas within Madagascar that are known to hold our population. These concerted conservation efforts will be vital in securing our future.


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