Zanzibar bushbaby

The Zanzibar bushbaby, Matundu dwarf galago, Udzungwa bushbaby, or Zanzibar galago (Paragalago zanzibaricus[3]) is a primate of the family Galagidae. An adult typically weighs 150 grams (5.3 oz), its head-body length is 14 to 15 centimetres (5.5 to 5.9 in) and its tail is between 12 and 15 centimetres (4.7 and 5.9 in) long. Like other species of galagos, its diet consists mainly of fruit, insects, and tree gums.[4]

Zanzibar bushbaby[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Galagidae
Genus: Paragalago
P. zanzibaricus
Binomial name
Paragalago zanzibaricus
(Matschie, 1893)[2]
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Zanzibar bushbaby range

It is the most widespread and abundant bushbaby in the coastal forests of Tanzania. It is thought to prefer the mid to high canopy of tropical coastal forest, submontane and lowland tropical forest. It has one or two young per year.[2]

There are two subspecies of this bushbaby:

  • P. z. zanzibaricus, from Zanzibar
  • P. z. udzungwensis, from mainland Tanzania


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 126. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b c Perkin, A.; Butynski, T.M.; de Jong, Y.A. (2020). "Paragalago zanzibaricus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T8790A179843811. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T8790A179843811.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  3. ^ Masters, J.C.; Génin, F.; Couette, S.; Groves, C.P.; Nash, S.D.; Delpero, M.; Pozzi, L. (2017). "A new genus for the eastern dwarf galagos (Primates: Galagidae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 181 (1): 229–241. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlw028. hdl:2318/1618044.
  4. ^ "Zanzibar galago". Galagoides zanzibaricus - Encyclopedia of Life. Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2013-04-24.