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Nocturnal Primate Aye-Aye Native From Madagascar Arrived In Taipei Zoo


A 10 year old female aye-aye, named Hira which is previously caged in Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan will be introduce after her arrival in one of Taiwan’s popular spot Taipei Zoo. Aye-aye are currently listed as one of the endangered species which are nocturnal primate native from the east coast of Madagascar.

It is recorded that there are only less than 60 aye-aye in captivity around the globe. An aye-aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, it is a long fingered lemur and has a combination of rodent like teeth that continually grow and a special thin middle finger.

Taipei Zoo have started a breeding program for the aye-aye after joining the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group. Animal specialists from Taipei Zoo were sent to Uena Zoo to study and learn how to care for an aye-aye to prepare on the first aye-aye in Taiwan.


Hira (Image: CNA)

Taipei Zoo still in cooperation with other zoo worldwide to fine Hira a male partner after it adopts on its rainforest environment. According to Taipei Zoo, aye-aye are already extinct since 1933 not until they are rediscovered in 1957.

Did you know that an aye-aye tap on the tree trunks and branches at a rate of 8 times per second and listen to the echoes produced to find hallow chambers.


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