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Bush Baby

The African name for a bushbaby is "komba". They are one of the smallest primates and their scientific name is "lesser bush baby". Bush babies are found throughout East Africa, as well as in woodlands and bushlands in sub-Saharan Africa. They generally do not inhabit areas above altitudes of 6,500 feet. Sometimes they construct nests in the forks of branches, but these are not as commonly used as are natural holes. Bush babies prefer trees with little grass around them, probably as a precaution against wild fires. The bush babies are about 23 to 25 centimeters long and 7 to 8 inches long. They have large round eyes for good night vision and bat like ears that enable them to track insect prey in the dark, a long curved claw on the second toe and are about the size of a rabbit. Their coat is gray with yellow-tinged under parts. Bushbabies weight about 5 to 10 ounces with a long tail. Bushbabies eat fruits, nuts, vegetables, snails, beetles, ants, termites, birds, butterflies and moths. They also feed on the gum of trees. Their enemies are eagles, owls, genets and large snakes. They can live up to 14 years. These can be found in Semiliki National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, where they are regular visitors at Mihingo Lodge.