What is a Bushbaby?
Galagos, or bushbaby are small nocturnal mammals that are in the primate family. About the size of a small rabbit they have human-like fingers and hands which they use to jump and grip onto branches high in the trees. They have big personalities and sweet dispositions. Bushbaby are very rare and uncommon, truly a one of a kind exotic.
Their attributes include no claws, small in size and they aren't common "biters" as adults. They have a low tendency to become aggressive with their families as adults, and have a mellow personality.
Average Lifespan: Up to 25 Years.
Diet: In captivity they require fresh fruits and vegetables daily along with a good source of protein. We feed eggs, chicken, chicks & mice. Treats may be given daily which include graham cracker, fig Newton, raisins or dates.
Size at Adulthood: 1-4 pounds and roughly the size of a small rabbit.
Minimum Cage size: Large parrot cages work best, I like double macaw cages with several nest boxes and hammocks to sleep and climb on.
Caring for a Bushbaby in Captivity
Habitat: Being smaller animals they do not need an extremely large enclosure although the bigger the better. A pet Bushbaby would be out of the cage often interacting with their families and would not require a very large cage if they have daily access to the home. This would allow them to get the physical and mental exercise they need. For a display or breeding bushbaby they would require a larger cage if they are not allowed out.
They are arboreal and spend their time up off the floor, although they may venture down on occasion they prefer higher placed toys and enrichment. Branches and a sleeping box are important for enrichment. Swings, hammocks, and hanging toys are great also. Keeping them very shaded in the sun is imperative.
They can be housed together and will benefit greatly from companionship, especially if you are not awake during the night.
Handling: Bushies are small, easy to hold, carry or let ride on your shoulder. They seem to have mild personalities and even our animals that are not hand raised can tolerate some contact handling with no issues.