Animal Database


6,326pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments2 Share
Range Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Daubentoniidae
Genus Daubentonia
Species Daubentonia Madagascariensis
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

The Aye-aye is a specie of the Daubentonia Genus. It is endemic in Madagascar. The aye-aye is a small primate, related to lemurs, that hunts by night for wood-boring insects in the forests of Madagascar. The exact number of aye-ayes is unknown but it is believed to be between 1,000 and 2,000. Captive-breeding programmes have been established and some aye-ayes have been released back into the wild.


Needs Information


The aye-aye commonly eats animal matter, nuts, insect larvae, fruits, nectar, seeds, and fungi, classifying it as an omnivore. Aye-ayes are particularly fond of cerambycid beetles. It picks fruit off trees as it moves through the canopy, often barely stopping to do so. An aye-aye not in its natural habitat will often steal coconuts, mangoes, sugar cane, lychees and eggs from villages and plantations. Aye-ayes tap on the trunks and branches of the trees they visit up to eight times per second, and listen to the echo produced to find hollow chambers inside. Once a chamber is found, they chew a hole into the wood and get grubs out of that hole with their narrow and bony middle fingers.[1]


World's Creepiest Animal - The Aye Aye01:29

World's Creepiest Animal - The Aye Aye

Cite error: <ref> tags exist, but no <references/> tag was found

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.