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Brown Greater Galago, Otolemur crassicaudatus

The brown greater galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus) is the largest member in its family. These primates can be found in Southern and East Africa with a range that includes the coast of Somalia, Tanzania, Angola, and southern Kenya. There are currently two recognized subspecies of the brown greater galago, although the IUCN has listed the silvery greater galago as a third subspecies. The brown greater galago, as well as its subspecies, has a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

The brown greater galago will vary in fur color depending on the subspecies. Some galagos are grey in color while others may be brown. The tips of the tail can vary in color as well, ranging from brown to black. The coloring also depends on the location of the creature, as galagos living in dry areas are lighter and darker galagos appear in damper areas. This primate has a rounded head equipped with small eyes, large ears, and a broad snout. The brown greater galago can have an average length of just over one foot. Weight depends on the creature’s sex, with males weighing an average of 3.1 pounds and females weighing an average of 2.6 pounds.

Within its territory of several acres, it will rest in tree hollows or dense vegetation throughout the day, and is active during the night. The brown greater galago is omnivorous and will eat insects, small birds, flowers, fruits, and seeds.

Image Caption: Brown Greater Galago () in Chipata, Zambia. Credit: Hans Hillewaert/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)

Brown Greater Galago Otolemur crassicaudatus