The Rondo dwarf galago is unique for its bottle-brush tail and call, is endemic to coastal Tanzania, was first described in 1996.
The galago is listed in IUCN’s the World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, and is only known from eight small, highly threatened forest patches (with a total area of less than 100km2). The Rondo galago is split into two main subpopulations some 400km apart from each other. The species is small, only weighing 60g, is primarily insectivorous and occupies the forest understorey but builds its daytime sleeping nests in the canopy. Almost all sites are subject to habitat degradation on from agricultural encroachment, charcoal manufacture and/or logging. The family Galagos represent ‘primitive primates’, helping to understand the gap between closely related non-primates, such as rodents, to ‘higher’ primates such as humans and chimpanzees
- Order: Primates
- Family: Galagidae
- Population: Uncommon
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 12.3-13.7cm
- Weight: 60g
The Rondo dwarf galago is known from eight isolated forest patches. The known distribution encompasses 92 km² of coastal forest.
Habitat and Ecology
The live in coastal dry forest and scrub forest patches, giving birth to one or two young per year. They are primarily insectivores,