The Bushbaby, also called galagoes, these small, nocturnal primates are widespread in wooded habitats in sub-Saharan Africa. The bushbaby’s piercing cry is one of the distinctive sounds of the African night.
If you want to see a bushbaby, trace the cry to a tree, then shine a torch into it and you should easily pick out its large round eyes.
Five galago species are found in Uganda, of which the lesser bushbaby (Galago senegalensis) is the most common. An insectivorous creature, only 17cm long excluding its tail, the lesser bushbaby is a creature of woodland as opposed to true forest, and it has been recorded in all of Uganda’s savanna reserves.
The eastern needle-clawed bushbaby (G. inustus), Thomas’s bushbaby (G. thomasi) and dwarf buslibaby (G. den’tidovii) all occur in the Kibale and Bwindi forests and also the dwarf bushbaby that’s been recorded and Queen Elizabeth national parks.