Area of zoo
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Galago moholi
Southern Africa
Savannah woodlands

Bush baby facts

  • Bush babies get their name from their call, which sounds just like a newborn baby crying.
  • They're nocturnal and their large eyes are adapted for seeing in low-light.
  • Their ears can move independently like radio dishes to locate their prey. 
  • They can jump up to five metres.
Bushbaby climbing a tree
Bushbaby on a tree branch

What do bush babies eat? 

Gum that oozes out of acacia trees, and invertebrates like butterflies, moths, and beetles.

Bushbaby on a tree branch

Bush baby threats

There are no major threats to the species, and their range is expanding in some areas.

Animals in our Nightlife habitat

  • Pygmy slow loris baby
    Nycticebus pygmaeus

    Pygmy slow loris

    Slow lorises are the only venomous primate, producing a toxin in their glands, which becomes activated when mixed with their saliva.

  • Potto at London Zoo
    Perodicticus potto


    To mark their territory pottos leave urine trails on trees and deter predators using toxic secretions. They also have their own very distinct odour which you will be able to smell when you visit them. 

  • Red slender loris
    Loris tardigradus

    Slender loris

    Slender lorises silently sneak up on their prey and grab with their hands.

  • Naked mole rat face with teeth showing
    Heterocephalus glaber

    Naked mole-rat

    Naked mole rats very rarely get cancer, and are capable of surviving low oxygen levels and are resistant to some forms of pain.

  • Two Malagasy giant jumping rats
    Hypogeomys antimena

    Malagasy giant jumping rat

    The largest rodent in Madagascar, the giant jumping rat lives in burrows of complex tunnels.

  • A wide-eyed aye-aye grips onto a log
    Daubentonia madagascariensis


    Aye-ayes use their long finger to tap on branches and listen for hollow sounds, then they use their strong front teeth to rip open the bark before reaching into the hole to pull out their prey. 

  • Nightlife at the Zoo