The galago, also known as a bushbaby, is a tiny breed of monkey that is native to Africa, specifically East Africa and the woodlands/bushlands in sub-saharan Africa. They prefer semi-arid areas, like savannahs or scrub forests.

Galagos are only 37 centimeters long, including their tail! When fully grown, on average, they weigh about 150 grams. The galago is nocturnal and so its eyes (as shown in the picture) are large and orange/brown, assisting them with being able to see in the dark. Galagos have light grey fur, except for a white stripe down the snout and their bellies are partially yellow.

Bushbabies eat insects and when they hunt, they jump from tree to tree. The galago rubs its genitals and uses its urine to keep a good grip whilst swinging in the trees. Bushbabies will eat all sorts of things, including but not limited to, beetles, small reptiles, scorpions, moths/butterflies, and grasshoppers.

Bushbabies are similar to us in that they usually have one child at a time. They are only pregnant for four months and after the baby galago is born it is carried in its mother’s mouth for about a month. Then, for about another three months, the baby piggy backs on its mother until it finally lets go and becomes entirely independent. (Can you imagine carrying a baby on your back for three months?)