They are so unusual that they were originally classified as rodents!

They were initially classified as rodents due to their unusual appearance. They have thick coat ranging from slate grey to brown, with faces paler than the rest of the body.

Aye-ayes have stunning yellowish-orange eyes and distinctive hands which have curved claw-like nails on elongated, thin fingers.

They are solitary animals. Nests are individually scent marked and occupied by different individuals.

Although their elusive nature made it difficult for population estimates, they are believed to be in decline. So it is important to keep a close watch on the population of these unusual primates.

They have no fixed breeding season. The female gives birth to a single offspring after a 160-170 days gestation period and is believed to have a birth interval of up to three years.

Aye-ayes are from the island of Madagascar where we're an active and ongoing supporter of conservation projects to safeguard the future of rare species.

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Interesting facts

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Where they live: Madagascar

Habitat: Primary rainforests, dry deciduous forest, across almost the whole of coastal Madagascar

Size: Tail length of 44-53cm; head-body length of 30-37cm

Weight: 2-3kg

Threats: Habitat loss due to deforestation; hunted for food, killed as a symbol of bad luck or as a crop-pest

Scientific Name: Daubentonia madagascariensis