Galagos and their elusive lives

Posted on 1st November 2017

Today Dr Caroline Bettridge from Manchester Metropolitan University gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of Galago senegalensis, the lesser bushbaby, which her group have studied over the last four years in Tanzania and Kenya.

Dr Caroline Bettridge lectures on bushbabies
Dr Caroline Bettridge lectures on bushbabies

Dr Bettridge highlighted the trials and tribulations of researching such an elusive species. Bushbabies are not only tiny (about 200g), arboreal (live in trees) and nocturnal (only active at night), but they also happen to live in an extremely arid and hot environment, surrounded an abundance of animals who would happily attack these brave researchers. It's hardly surprising that little is known regarding the daily lives of these primates! 

Despite these issues, Caroline's group have made great progress, even coming up with a successful technique for collecting genetic material involving dental floss and sugar solution! We all feel much more knowledgeable about the behavioural ecology of bushbabies thanks to Dr Bettridge's talk. It was also great to hear how many students were also involved in this research, something we are all very keen to do here at the University of Chester.

This was the first research seminar hosted by the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Group this year and we look forward to providing a warm welcome to a host of other external speakers in subsequent weeks.