Lesser bushbaby (galago moholi)
Thick-tailed bushbaby (otolemur crassicaudatus)
Bushbabies need your help and our help to survive.
Sometimes they need rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation, release back into the wild, a sanctuary. Sometimes they need rescuing from the illegal pet trade, cruelty or neglect.
Don't break the law. Keeping indigenous wildlife without a permit is illegal.
Bushbabies need specialised care and a complex diet.
If you have a bushbaby that needs our help, don't hesitate to get in touch. All animals matter and we are here and happy to help.
We have many rescue, rehabilitation and release successes with both the lesser and greater bushbabies.
Call or email us to help your rescued bushbaby.
Released greater bushbabies captured on the night cam. Specialised rehabilitation and post-release monitoring and feeding stations ensures great results.
Bushbaby as pets?
The tiny "Nagapie" (night monkey in Afrikaans) are at risk due to humans wanting to keep them as inappropriate pets.
Cute and cuddly looking but did you know they mark their territories by urinating into a cupped hand and then rubbing this on the feet, bushbabies spread their scent wherever they move. They are also only active at night and need a very specialised diet.
Many species of nocturnal primates are increasingly threatened by illegal collecting for the pet trade. When transported outside of their natural range and climate, many bushbabies die. This is partly because they are adapted to a specific climate and landscape, but also because each species has a very specific diet, which they typically do not receive when they are kept as pets, by inexperienced keepers.
Furthermore the incorrect diet will result in mal-formed bones, kidney and liver damage, obesity and psychological impairments.
Bushbabies are very prone to respiratory problems if the correct temperatures are not maintained.
New owners often grow tired quickly; these are nocturnal primates and owners often get bored of them sleeping during the day and do not give enough gum or adequet insects needed to sustain them at night. When the novelty wears off the animals are often dumped in the nearest veld. Where they often do not survive as they do not know the landscape; dehydration and starvation.
It is AGAINST THE LAW TO KEEP INDIGENOUS WILD ANIMALS AS PETS AND UNETHICAL.
If you see someone with an indigenous wild animals as a pet, get in touch. Or call your local SPCA.
Bushbaby in need?
When deciding whether or not to rescue; a general guideline especially concerning babies: watch and wait long enough to ensure that they were actually abandoned. Quite often mum will come and fetch them given a chance. Usually, we put the bush babies in a box, with a warm water bottle
If you are sure, then carefully pop them into a quiet, dark box and research until you find a facility which would rehabilitate them correctly. You may choose to spend a while asking, in detail, what the rehabilitation process would entail until you are satisfied that the animal will be well cared for!
Don’t be afraid to ask for progress updates!
Contact us if you see a bushbaby in need.
Save them from domestic animals, pet owners.... do not keep them as pets.
Keep the wild, in the wild.