Twin Bush Babies Born At Dierenpark Amersfoort
January 05, 2023
Two Senegal galagos have been born at DierenPark Amersfoort. “The twins are doing well,” says animal caretaker Lotte Gielen. “The mother carries her young through the dark jungle so that they explore the enclosure.” Galagos are prosimians and active in the dark. The gender of the Galago twins is still unknown.
“We don't want to disturb the peace in this initial phase, which is why we don't know the sex yet. When the youngsters are older, we can find out,” Lotte explains. The young are still very dependent on the mother and regularly stay in the nest. When the female is pregnant, she builds a nest with leaves and twigs. "If you're lucky, you'll see a cup emerging from the nesting box," says Lotte. Young galagos have their own language among themselves; they make sounds that older congeners no longer use.” The galagos live in the Night. Here the day-night rhythm is reversed, so that visitors can also spot the animals during the day. The twins live with their father and mother. The galago family shares the jungle with slow lorises and votsotsas.
Senegal galagos are native to the wooded areas and savannahs of Central Africa. Immediately after birth, they open their large eyes, which have a reflective coating. “As a result, their eyes are often the first thing you see when you want to spot them,” says Lotte. Also striking are the big jumps that the animals make. The primates can jump up to three to five meters. Lotte: “It will take a while before our young galagos jump from branch to branch. For now, the twins will remain safe in the nesting box or near their mother.” Visitors can find the galago monkeys in DierenPark Amersfoort , in the dark jungle of the Night.