Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), Madagascar

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    The Aye-aye, the largest nocturnal lemur of Madgascar, is certainly one of the most amazing creatures on earth. Compared to other lemurs, it is unusual in having rodent-like continuously growing incisors, bony prolonged middle fingers and disproportionally large ears.

    An arboreal lemur, it travels through the forest canopy by making successive vertical leaps, much like a squirrel. When foraging, it taps on trunks and large branches, listening to the echo produced to find hollow chambers inside. Once a chamber is found it chews a hole into the wood and get grubs out of that hole with its narrow and bony middle fingers.

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    LHG Creative Photography, Sexecutioner, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Sexecutioner 41 months ago | reply

      Wow... that's one of the best Aye-Aye portraits I've seen for a long time... Congrats!!
      Antananarivo? That's the biggest city on Madagascar and the capital. So did you shoot it at the zoo there?

      As far as I know Aye-Ayes are very rare on Madagascar and can only be found in two small forests... with luck. Please let me know...

      Your photograph is a light in the darkness!

      Thanks for adding to
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      (the group for photos of nocturnal animals)

    2. Frank.Vassen 41 months ago | reply

      This is a captive Aye-aye, such a picture would be almost impossible in nature. It was taken in the city Zoo of Antananarivo.

      The Aye-aye is more widespread than previously thought. It has been recently discovered in a good number of protected areas in different parts of Madagascar. I have never seen it in the wild though.

    3. Sexecutioner 41 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the info, Frank.

    4. Dzulhelmi Nasir 40 months ago | reply

      aye-aye are one of the endangered species of the world..

    5. Marcello Bardi 39 months ago | reply

      Great shot !
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      Nominated

      Your photo is a Wildlife Award winner!

    6. Jake (Staring Over Because of a Troll) [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot! Was seen in:


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    7. loneshooter82 39 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture.... loved the eyes... :-)

    8. j a thorpe 39 months ago | reply

      Wonderful

      Amazing shot! Was seen in:


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    9. p.spaggiari 39 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot! Was seen in:


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    10. jackie.during 39 months ago | reply

      wonderful1
      Your photo is truly Nocturnal Wildlife Photography!

      Seen in the Nocturnal Wildlife Photography group.

    11. aokcreation 39 months ago | reply

      Cute guy and capture!!!

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    12. AncientForests 36 months ago | reply

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    13. crijnfotin 35 months ago | reply

      very nice shot

    14. Kleine Cos 33 months ago | reply

      Nominated

      I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
      National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

    15. pbertner 23 months ago | reply

      great shot! I got a few pics on Aye-Aye island but they definitely don't compare to this one. Apparently they can be found at the special reserve by Marojejy. The guide there told me that they lured them down from the trees with the smell of smoked fish. Apparently the locals were freaking out because there were 3-4 of them coming down from the trees surrounding the group!

    16. François Dorothé 17 months ago | reply

      I wish I had seen one in the wild, but they are so rare.

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