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Jul 24, 2008

Hand-rearing an aye-aye from birth

Hand-rearing an aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) from birth from Bristol Zoo Gardens

Important husbandry advance in breeding a threatened species

The female aye-aye (an endangered Madagascan primate) had failed to rear three previous infants.so the decision was taken to handrear this infant. The infant, a female, is very important to the EEP programme for the species.

After birth the infant was removed to an off-show rearing room and initially fed every two hours, using a protocol develop by the Duke University Primate Centre. By the time the infant was five months old (July 2005) milk feeds had been reduced to two a day and the baby was eating solids.

It is only the second time in the world that this species has been reared from the time of birth. Introduction back to the mother began at an early age and is continuing.

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