Madagascar's Misunderstood The Confusion behind one Fascinating Creature

Madagascar is one of the greatest wonders of the world, full of extraordinary plants and animals not found anywhere else

One in particular, is seen as odd looking or scary- and worst of all, ugly. The Aye aye. A nocturnal lemur that is notable mostly for their bizarre appearance. But the reality is, they are so much more than that.

Their mere existence, is in fact, quite an incredible phenomenon.

So to clear things up... we have compiled a list of common misunderstandings

1. They are Scary looking...

So they might not be the most photogenic primate in the world- but hey, what might be scary to some might be cute to others. Either way, these "unique" features (ie. Large Ears, Bushy Tail, Elongated Middle Finder, Long Incisors) are adaptations that enable them to survive in Madagascar's harshly competitive landscape.

2. Scientists Got it wrong from the Beginning

Originally classified as Rodents in 1788, their physical traits confused researchers so much that it wasn't until the 1850's when they were finally accepted as primates.

3. Rarely Seen in the Wild

One of the Most Difficult Lemurs to See in the Wild. Deep in the forests of Madagascar- more than likely, you will not find these fascinating primates. Why? They live a strictly nocturnal and solitary lifestyle- sleeping in the day and foraging for grubs at night.

4. Rumors Spread

The Malagasy Taboo 'Fady' regard the Aye aye as an evil omen that causes sickness or even death. Conversely- some believe them to be an embodiment of their ancestral spirits.

Sadly, these misunderstandings have made it quite difficult for them to fit in to what society believes to be "normal". Being rare and unique classifies you as bizarre and strange.

But in this case, we believe strange is beautiful. So join us in our efforts to protect these incredible lemurs.

This is dedicated to one of our biggest supporters in Aye aye research, Court Whelan with the Natural Habitat Adventures. Thank you for being our voice, our advocate and most of all our hope, in protecting these fascinating primates.

Created By
Brittani Robertson


Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership Dr. Edward E. Louis Jr.

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