Allen’s Galago

Allen's Galago

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Galagidae Sciurocheirus Sciurocheirus alleni

Allen's Galago

Allen's Galago
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Allen’s Galago
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1838
  • Monkey Size: 15.5 to 24 cm (6 to 9.45 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Black, brown, grey, and white
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous (frugivorous)
  • Native Countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo

Allen’s Galago Distribution

Allen’s Galago Characteristics

Allen' Galago

Allen’s Galago[1], also known as Allen’s Bush Baby, is one of more than 20 species of small and attractive arboreal primates are endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Allen’s Galago has thick fur ranging from gray to brown, with a rusty tint on its limbs.
  • The ventral fur is lighter, varying from gray to yellowish-white. This species has distinctive dark patches of skin around the eyes.
  • The tail is long and bushy. Like other members of the genus, Allen’s Galago has enormous eyes that help this species adapt to a nocturnal lifestyle.
  • These large eyes have a reflective retina, the tapetum, which facilitates light perception.

Allen’s Galago Facts

Sciurocheirus Alleni

  • Allen’s Galago is most commonly found in the undergrowth of mature primary moist forests. This species is rarely found in secondary forests.
  • Allen’s Galago can live up to 12 years in captivity. However, this species is known to live for about 8 years in the wild.
  • They are nocturnal primates. Males are mostly solitary and aggressive towards other males.
  • They participate in social grooming using the tooth comb and specialized second toe grooming.
  • Allen’s Galago can make many facial expressions that can communicate a lot.

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Key References
  • [1]“Lesser bushbaby – Wisconsin National Primate Research Center – UW-Madison”. Accessed July 30, 2022. Link.


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