Daubentonia madagascariensis

Fascinating Facts

  • Aye-ayes are the world’s largest nocturnal primates, and a type of lemur.
  • They tap on trees to find grubs, then gnaw holes in the wood using their forward slanting incisors to create a small hole in which they insert their narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out.
  • This type of feeding strategy is called percussive foraging.
  • The aye-aye is an endangered species because of habitat loss as well as native superstition. Ancient Malagasy legend said the Aye-aye was a symbol of death so people frequently kill them on sight.


Rainforests and deciduous forests of Madagascar. They eat animal matter, nuts, insect larvae, fruits, nectar, seeds, and fungi, classifying them as an omnivores.

Status in the Wild

Endangered – IUCN 2014


Fragmented pockets of low population density across coastal Madagascar.

Location in the Zoo

Mammals Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits