The Aye-aye is an amazing animal that can only be found in Madagascar. They don’t look like primates at first but they are actually related to both chimpanzees, apes and humans.
They are rare nocturnal animals and spend their days in a nest of leaves and branches making them hard to spot as they blend well into the dark surroundings. Aye-ayes have sharp claws that they use to cling to the trees. They are usually dark brown or black and have large eyes, sensitive ears and a bushy tail larger than their body which keeps them balanced. Their most distinctive feature is a long slender finger.
Aye-ayes’ spend their entire lives in the rain forest tree tops and are rarely seen on the ground.
When hungry the aye-aye will tap its long finger on the trees and listen for wood-boring insect larvae moving underneath the bark. It then uses the same finger to fish them out. They will also supplement their diet with fruit.
Many native people of Madagascar consider the Aye-aye to be bad luck and will kill them when sighted. With hunting and habitat destruction mean that they are critically endangered. They are now protected by law in an effect to save their species.