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Aye-aye - 9, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 1, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87321_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=pmE9tsf7wrqP%2FsCiTeyccoXVyVM%3D" width="200" height="130" alt="Aye-aye - 1, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 2, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87322_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=zIfjL94jTtTrWOdog6SW9toiA1U%3D" width="144" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 2, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 3, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87323_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=RczsPQGzJUol7iv5c%2F%2Bj0%2Fol8CY%3D" width="124" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 3, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 4, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87324_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=S8zkLlOKp9%2F8zwYxPDfCgpYVp5Y%3D" width="200" height="166" alt="Aye-aye - 4, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 5, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87325_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=d0WSgtbeweB%2Bk%2FMIIrTAg%2B7Dhrw%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Aye-aye - 5, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 6, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87326_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=1aZBiwRqExqld6182kGmhPRI4nY%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 6, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 7, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87327_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=QMGS%2FOOHNNXZ3MV5pR%2FQbhRTI%2FY%3D" width="200" height="170" alt="Aye-aye - 7, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 8, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87328_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=UxfsVGwqH0Ll05tOVs23UjC0jN0%3D" width="126" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 8, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 10, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87330_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=E8ZNXkND4FFPn4G45POcbGlXqyY%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Aye-aye - 10, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 11, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87331_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=7i4%2FIPG8x76cd%2FRM8%2Bw5EO0yNt0%3D" width="152" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 11, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 12, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87332_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=H31gBX9eis6LZZo41mDBKlJ8bXI%3D" width="200" height="168" alt="Aye-aye - 12, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 13, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87333_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=K0KWohZ1r1ifMzS4OXnRQkNaHmQ%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Aye-aye - 13, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 14, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87334_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=9M1fYhvY7M4Ervs99PeJ84dInO8%3D" width="150" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 14, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 15, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87335_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=GZMSByFpOjE9zhY3hPm3j14Djn8%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 15, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 16, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87336_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=CRslcltdg1PsLOf9lQa8%2Fado3kk%3D" width="130" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 16, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 17, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87337_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=fntxMP2hiFNnWb1LAOwZ1M7Vzv0%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 17, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 18, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87338_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=UZnCe3qsmUmBJjBZeJBsXmV4AvQ%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 18, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 19, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87339_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=AxHaMjUzRoeA%2FgNJpNwyw%2BQCXqI%3D" width="200" height="182" alt="Aye-aye - 19, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html" title="Aye-aye - 20, Palmarium, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/87340_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1631145610&Signature=Eg1UcS%2FAonBgXxFFZQuHr%2Fm00%2FA%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Aye-aye - 20, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or &quot;heh heh&quot;, Malagasy for &quot;I don&#039;t know&quot;. <br />
<br />
&quot;I don&#039;t know&quot; is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn&#039;t register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I&#039;d go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn&#039;t really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It&#039;s pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It&#039;s very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It&#039;s teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they&#039;re like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year&#039;s trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I&#039;m going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We&#039;re not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
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Aye-aye - 9, Palmarium, Madagascar

Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know".

"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.

My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal.

Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.

A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.

Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.

I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools.

The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.

Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.

To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.

Aye-aye - 1, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 2, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 3, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,World

Aye-aye - 4, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 5, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 6, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 7, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 8, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 10, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 11, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 12, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 13, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 14, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 15, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 16, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 17, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 18, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 19, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87340/aye-aye_-_20_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World

Aye-aye - 20, Palmarium, Madagascar Here it is, the Aye-Aye, the primate woodpecker, rodent, bat or "heh heh", Malagasy for "I don't know". <br />
<br />
"I don't know" is exactly the first thing that popped into my brain upon seeing it. My brain struggled to understand what it was seeing, despite having read about Aye-ayes at a basic level. It just doesn't register or fit into any boxes.<br />
<br />
My second thought was that if I would not know any better, I'd go along with the local superstition that this is a demonic animal. <br />
<br />
Science didn't really know either in earlier times. This creature first was considered a rodent, based on its teeth that perpetually grow and thus must constantly be worn down. It took a long time for it to be considered a primate, and specifically a lemur.<br />
<br />
A very weird primate. Its ears are huge and have inner ridges similar to bats, optimized for echolocation, making this the only primate to use this.<br />
<br />
Echolocation comes into play when its taps its lengthy 3rd finger rapidly on tree tunks to locate insects/larvae inside. Next, it uses its strong teeth to gnawl a hole into the trunk. Finally, it uses its extremely lengthy 4th finger to rapidly pull out the contents, like a machine gun, using a special hooked nail.<br />
<br />
I had always imagined the Aye-aye to be kind of like a Koala: small, slow, and vulnerable. I was wrong at every level. It's pretty large, combined with the tail above 1m in length. It's very fast and escapes a scene in about 2 seconds. It's teeth and fingers are not careful or fragile tools, they're like power tools. <br />
<br />
The backstory: from Palmarium, on dry nights, you can take a boat to an uninhabited island. On the island live 6-8 Aye-ayes. They are typically in the canopy of a mangrove forest. Coconuts are strategically placed at a lower level to lure them down. Flash lights and camera flash are disallowed, yet when the lure action is succesful, a relatively weak area light shines on the feeding Aye-aye, which does not seem to disturb them.<br />
<br />
Photographing them is challenging due to the lack of flash and the light source being quite weak, but it can be done with some special measures.<br />
<br />
To Henriette and me, the Aye-aye was this year's trophy and a proper closure on 3 years of Madagascar, so I'm going to be generous in sharing many shots of this fantastic animal. We're not done with the set though, not quite yet.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87321/aye-aye_-_1_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87322/aye-aye_-_2_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87323/aye-aye_-_3_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87324/aye-aye_-_4_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87325/aye-aye_-_5_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87326/aye-aye_-_6_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87327/aye-aye_-_7_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87328/aye-aye_-_8_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87329/aye-aye_-_9_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87330/aye-aye_-_10_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87331/aye-aye_-_11_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87332/aye-aye_-_12_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87333/aye-aye_-_13_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87334/aye-aye_-_14_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87335/aye-aye_-_15_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87336/aye-aye_-_16_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87337/aye-aye_-_17_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87338/aye-aye_-_18_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87339/aye-aye_-_19_palmarium_madagascar.html<br />
<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=295rx5Dqsf4 Africa,Aye-aye,Daubentonia madagascariensis,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Palmarium reserve,Winter,World


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  1. Today's Facebook post:

    We’re trotting through creatures with fantastic feet today! Click the photos to read what makes each creature’s feet anything but stinky.

    Today's post completes our 'creature feature' week! But, stay tuned next week to learn about creatures with unique features that are not found in humans! #JungleDragon

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    Meet the creature with the coolest middle finger on the planet! The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) has a long, gangly middle finger that it uses to locate insect larvae living inside trees. While rapidly tapping on the wood, they use echolocation to pinpoint the location of insect larvae, which they then pluck out and eat. This specially adapted middle finger sits in a ball-and-socket joint, like the human shoulder, and can swivel 360° in any direction! {Spotted in Madagascar by Ferdy Christant} #Ayeaye #Daubentoniamadagascariensis

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    Posted 5 months ago
  2. Such an awesome creature! So cute despite looking like from horror movie :)

    Madagaskar is very high on my travel list!
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. It really is one of a kind, hope you get to visit Madagascar one day. Posted 5 months ago
  3. What a crazy looking guy! Posted 5 months ago
  4. Amazing! Love the emotion! Posted 5 months ago

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The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow and a special thin middle finger.

Similar species: Primates
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 5, 2019. Captured Jul 21, 2019 19:38 in Vohibinany, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.3
  • 1/50s
  • ISO20000
  • 180mm