They live in East Africa. Their habitat is forest patches in the coastal ecosystem. They are usually located on slopes and escarpments less than 90km from the sea.
Rondo Bushbabies are the smallest living galago species. They have very long “bottle brush” tails as well as long ears. They are brown, yellow, and white in the face. They are called “Bushbabies” because of their large eyes and “cute” appearance.
KEY ROLE IN ECOSYSTEM
Because they eat insects, they control the population of their prey. They also aid to the dispersal of seeds.
HABITAT LOSS DUE TO HUMAN ACTIVITY
CAPTURING AND SELLING
Habitat loss is the major cause of endangerment among Bushbabies. All sites inhabited by Bushbabies are subject to some form of agricultural encroachment such as coal manufacturing.
Capturing and selling Bushbabies into the illegal pet trade and African meat markets is another threat.
The Rondo Bushbaby is listed as a Top 25 Most Endangered Primate. It is known only from eight small, highly threatened forest patches. People have began to improve forest management and increase awareness in order to conserve the critically endangered, Rondo Bushbaby. Coastal forest including Pande Game Reserve and the Zareninge Forest Reserves are all sites that require improved management. The African Wildlife Foundation brings communities and private investors together to construct conservation tourism lodges such as the sanctuary at Ole Lentille in Kenya. This lodge provides a sustainable income for the community, and 20,00 acre conservancy which is a safe home to a variety of wildlife including the Bushbabies. Other organizations that specialize in the conservation of Bushbabies are The Makerere University Biological Field Station, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and Projet Conservation de la Foret de Nyungwe (P.C.F.N.). There are no specific laws preventing the domestication of Bushbabies. Because this is a major problem in Europe and Africa, organizations like the ones above are working to find more information about this scarce species in order to protect it in its natural habitat. With more awareness and more knowledge about Bushbabies, this species can be saved from severe endangerment!
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