Updated: Apr 20
Bushbaby Basics 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 a balance of eggs, protein biscuits, fruit and supplements. Treats may be given daily which include graham cracker, fig Newton, raisins or dates.
Baby Diet: Babies nurse from their mother or when hand raised are put on a simulation milk like human baby formula. This helps with human connection and with handling later in life.
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.
Do they like baths? You can give a bushbaby a bath or shower if needed with baby shampoo.
Should I get two so my bushy will not be lonely? They are nocturnal and if they have another bushbaby as a playmate they will have a more enriching life. While they do not need a companion it is in their best interest to have a cage mate. Do they require Vaccinations or shots? They should be vaccinated by a knowledgeable vet for distemper, parvo and rabies. Deworming is also important every 3-6 months. Can I take my bushbaby outside? Yes, if a bushbaby is acclimated to the outdoors as a baby they will explore just a few feet away from you at times. Do they have an odor, or offensive smell? They do have scent glands and they will mark their cage and toys. The smell is not very strong and can be controlled with cleaning. You can spot clean daily, or do a full clean of their whole cage once a week. Sanitizing the cage and accessories once a week is important to their health. How are they with other pets? They will get along with other animals of similar size, however, in introducing any animal you run the risk of injury to one or both.