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37. Rondo Dwarf Galago

Galagoides rondoensis


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

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.54 (?)
ED Score: 14.92 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


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,

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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Vision (30-50 years)

Sustainable populations and distribution of Galagoides rondoensis across its natural occurring range in the Southern Tanzania as a results healthy and improved forest habitat leading into improved ecosystem services (i.e. improved water quality and  quantity, conserved biodiversity and  increased agricultural productivity) to the local communities surrounding these natural range.

Goal (5-10 years)

Reduced drivers of deforestation and habitat degradation across Galagoides rondoensis range as a results of improved forests management.


Reduce land conflicts between forest management authorities and local communities bordering these forest Critical
Improve and increase the implementation and enforcement of policies, regulations and law governing the managements of these forests Critical
Understand the presence, distribution and population status of Galagoides rondoensis unexplored forests of high conservation concern Critical
Develop capacity to potential government officials on ecological need, threats, and conservation tracts for Galagoides rondoensis High
Introduce and increase the knowledge on population status of Galagoides rondoensis across it naturally occurring range High
Strengthening teamwork and collaboration between local and international researchers /species specialist/expert from different organizations/ institutions or agencies Medium

Justine Gwegime

  • Project name: Secured future distribution and habitat for the Rondo galago Galagoides rondoensis and improved conservation knowledge and attitude to the community within the Rondo galago range in Southern part of Tanzania
  • Project site: Lindi region, southern Tanzania
  • Active: 2014 - 2016
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